California & Canyonlands

  • days: 23
  • from $13,495

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • USA

Description

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1 country
4 states
12 cities

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2 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

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9 national and state parks

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Travel from the City of Angels through Death Valley to fabulous San Francisco and awe at the immense beauty of North America's most spectacular landscapes. Admire the contrasts of nature’s wonders and man-made marvels, and experience the vastness of America’s romantic wild wilderness.

Hollywood Boulevard to Santa Monica

What a way to start our tour! Witness some serious glitz and glamour as we tour Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown LA and Santa Monica Beach. Keep an eye out for your favourite stars along the Walk of Fame!

Wild America

We'll experience some of the country's most breathtakingly beautiful scenery on this tour. From the sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, to the Giant Sequoias of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the sheer immensity of Yosemite National Park, we'll be reminded just how big, beautiful and precious nature can be.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Los Angeles

Welcome to the United States of America and the city of Los Angeles! From the shores of Santa Monica to the glamour of Rodeo Drive and Hollywood, and everything in between, Los Angeles has long been a drawcard for dreamers and tourists alike. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 2. Los Angeles

Today we’ll have stars in our eyes as we take in the sights and sounds of Hollywood on a guided tour, ticking off Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame and Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills, Downtown LA and the iconic Santa Monica beach. [B]

Day 3. Los Angeles - Palm Springs

On our way to Palm Springs this morning we’ll stop for a ride on the Aerial Tramway for 360-degree views of the surrounding desert and canyon landscape. [B]

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Special Experience Enjoy a stunning sunset and stargazing jeep tour along the San Andreas fault line.

Day 4. Palm Springs - Scottsdale

This morning we drive to Scottsdale, Arizona, via the vast Joshua Tree National Park. The Colorado River makes for a great place to stretch our legs and enjoy some lunch. [B]

Day 5. Scottsdale

There is much more to the sprawling desert city of Scottsdale than meets the eye. While its famous for its resorts and high-end boutiques, the heart of the city still celebrates its Western heritage. Today we’ll see a different side of Scottsdale with visits to

Old Town, the Museum of the West and Railroad Park. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Learn more about Arizona’s deserts with a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, including a cooking demonstration, tasting and tour.

Day 6. Scottsdale - Grand Canyon

This morning we'll visit the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Centre on our way to Tusayan, a small town on the outskirts of the Grand Canyon, to enjoy a Grand Canyon IMAX screening. En route to Tusayan we'll stop to enjoy some relaxed sightseeing in Sedona. [B]

Day 7. Grand Canyon

We’ve got a full-day tour of the Grand Canyon today. Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is 445 kilometres long, up to 18 kilometres wide and as much as 1,857 metres deep. The layers of red rock reveal millions of years of geological history. [B]

Day 8. Grand Canyon - Page

A great day of sightseeing ahead today. On our way to Page we stop at beautiful Horseshoe Bend for a walk that will present some amazing photo opportunities. We’ll also take a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon in the Navajo Nation. [B]

Day 9. Page

We’ll be driving through the red sands of Monument Valley accompanied by a Navajo guide today. Famous for the towering sandstone buttes that dot its landscape, the valley has been used as a backdrop in a number of Western movies, epitomising the valley as the quintessential image of the American West for moviegoers. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Share a special Navajo BBQ dinner in the desert under a blanket of stars.

Day 10. Page - Bryce Canyon

Crossing the border into Utah today, we’ll make stops at the Navajo Bridge and Kanab on our way to the sprawling reserve of Bryce Canyon National Park, known for its spire-shaped rock formations called ‘hoodoos’. [B]

Day 11. Bryce Canyon - Zion National Park

This morning we have a tour in the dramatic Bryce Canyon, which will allow us to explore the eerily beautiful sandstone hoodoos that have been shaped over centuries by the elements. [B]

Day 12. Zion National Park

Zion National Park is our destination today, where we'll enjoy a day at leisure. Fondly known as Utah’s first national park, it’s hard to deny the breathtaking beauty on display here. Don’t let the imposing sandstone cliffs of red, pink and cream draw your eyes upwards for too long, as you may miss some of the beautiful wildlife that call the canyon home - Great Blue Herons, Canyon Wrens and the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl all reside here. [B]

Day 13. Zion National Park - Las Vegas

A trip through America’s deserts wouldn’t be complete without a few nights in the bright lights of Nevada’s premier oasis, Las Vegas! On the way we’ll stop for some sightseeing at the Valley of Fire, known for its bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in grey and tan limestone. Tonight we’ll get to experience the Las Vegas nightlife on a tour. [B]

Day 14. Las Vegas

Are you feeling lucky? Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this diamond in the desert. If you look beyond the twinkling lights of the endless casinos, there’s plenty to see and do here that doesn’t involve gambling, including world-class shows, exhibitions and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. [B]

Day 15. Las Vegas - Bakersfield

It’s back to nature today as we travel to California’s Death Valley, the country’s biggest national park outside of Alaska. We’ll visit some of the valley’s more sinisterly named sites, such as Dante’s View, Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek before enjoying lunch at The Oasis at Death Valley. [B,L]

Day 16. Bakersfield - Sequoia

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Special Experience: Meet five of the world’s largest trees, including the largest of all—General Sherman—on a guided tour of lush Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. [B]

Day 17. Sequoia - Yosemite National Park

This morning we set off for UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yosemite National Park, stopping on the way to visit Mariposa Grove to see some more sequoias. After a bit of sightseeing from Yosemite's valley floor we’ll enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure. [B]

Day 18. Yosemite National Park

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Special Experience: See some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic sights on a tour today, including Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls. [B]

Day 19. Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

We’ve got San Francisco in our sights today - home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the world’s last manually operated cable car system, some seriously good food and, of course, the notorious Alcatraz prison. Enjoy a morning of sightseeing around this iconic city. [B]

Day 20. San Francisco

Enjoy a full day at leisure today to explore more of beautiful San Francisco at your own pace. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 21. Depart San Francisco

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. In Transit

Day 23. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the USA. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $160pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star) 
  • 2 nights in the Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park  
  • 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

California dreaming

  • Take in the sights and sounds of Hollywood on a guided tour.
  • Get stars in your eyes as you walk down the Walk of Fame.
  • Visit the iconic Santa Monica Beach.
  • Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Palm Springs desert aboard the Aerial Tramway.
  • Explore the famous San Andreas fault line and beautiful night sky on a stargazing jeep tour.  

Wild Country

  • Tour stunningly beautiful desert city of Scottsdale, nestled among desert and mountain ranges.
  • Watch a Grand Canyon IMAX screening in Tusayan.
  • Experience the sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon on a full day tour.
  • Enjoy a picturesque walk around the beautiful Horeshoe Bend.
  • Explore Antelope Canyon one a guided tour.
  • Visit Monument Valley to see the towering sandstone buttes jutting out of the landscape.
  • Tuck into a delicious Navajo BBQ dinner under a blanket of stars.
  • Stop to visit the Navajo Bridge and the city of Kanab.
  • Discover Bryce Canyon and it's many spire-shaped rock 'hoodoos' on a tour.
  • Be mesmerised by the many faces of the beautiful Zion National Park.
  • Stop for some sightseeing in the Valley of Fire.
  • Delve into the expanse that is Death Valley National Park, seeing sights such as Dante's View, Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek.
  • Visit some of the world's largest trees at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
  • See some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic sights on a tour, including Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls.

Bright lights, big cities

  • Spend a day touring Los Angeles, including Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills.
  • Explore the Las Vegas nightlife on a city tour.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in Las Vegas.
  • Lose yourself in San Francisco with a full day at leisure. 

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide & Perth add $90pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $160pp pre-paid.
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $255pp
Single supplement: from $3,850
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs:  Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.
Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation
In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas
Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Marriott Marina del Rey, Los Angeles

Featuring modern, elegant rooms in one of the most desirable California locations, the Marriot Marina del Rey is sure to delight. Enjoy the chic outdoor lounge, pool and spa, and on-site dining. Rooms come equipped with HDTVs, a coffee maker, an iron with ironing facilities and bottled water.

Facilities: air-conditioning; coffee making facilities; pool

Palm Mountain Resort, Palm Springs

The Palm Mountain Resort is centrally located in Palm Springs – a great base to explore! In-house amenities include an outdoor pool and spa. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; spa

Hyatt Place Old Town, Scottsdale

When you stay at Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town the charming neighbourhood sights of Old Town Scottsdale are right at your doorstep. The hotel features a bar and an outdoor pool, and rooms include free wifi, a flat-screen cable TV and a small refrigerator.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool

Red Feather Lodge, Grand Canyon

Located just a few kilometres from the Grand Canyon National Park Southern Rim entrance, the Red Feather Lodge is a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Amenities include a seasonal heated outdoor pool and spa. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, free wifi and coffee/tea making facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities

Best Western View of Lake Powell, Page

Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel is located in picturesque settings, surrounded by views of the Glen Canyon Rim. The hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, and each room is equipped with a flat screen TV.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym

Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon

Located under 2 kilometres from the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, the Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn is more than just convenient. The hotel features a swimming pool, and each room is air conditioned and equipped with free wifi, a TV and coffee machine.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Springdale

Located just minutes from the highly acclaimed Zion National Park, La Quinta Springdale offers attentive service and modern amenities to make your stay enjoyable. The hotel features an indoor pool and rooms include free wifi, flat-screen cable TVs and coffee machines.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym

Bally's Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Located on the Las Vegas Strip, Bally’s Hotel and Casino features an extensive casino and shows on site, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, an extensive fitness centre and 8 restaurants. Spacious rooms offer cable TV and free wifi.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; pool; casino

Hilton Garden Inn, Bakersfield

The newly renovated Hilton Garden Inn offers comfortable guest rooms, free wifi, a fitness centre, on-site restaurant and an indoor pool with hot tub. Each spacious room is equipped with a microwave and refrigerator, traditional décor and a cable TV.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym

DoubleTree by Hilton, Fresno

An outdoor pool and a restaurant and bar are featured at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno. Styled in modern décor, each room provides a flat-screen cable TV and free wifi.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities;

Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite National Park

An elegant resort in the California High Sierra, Tenaya Lodge is the gateway to your Yosemite adventure. Nestled in the mountains just 3.2 kilometres from Yosemite National Park, this hotel include modern amenities such as a bar and full-service spa. Each air-conditioned room comes equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, free wifi and a refrigerator.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; pools; spa; gym

Villa Florence, San Francisco

Experience the heart of downtown San Francisco when you stay at the contemporary, Italian-inspired boutique hotel that is Villa Florence. Featuring an Italian restaurant and sophisticated décor, any stay here promises to be memorable. Enjoy the on-site gym and free wifi throughout.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; gym

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Currency

Currency

US Dollar

The official currency of the United States, Ecuador and Zimbabwe is the US Dollar (US$).

  • 1 US Dollar = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of $1, 50 cents, 25 cents (Quarter), 10 cents (Dime), 5 cents (Nickel) and 1 cent (Penny)

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

Passport-AU2

Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa waiver for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa waiver is required for travel to the USA. Please note this E-visa also needs to be completed if you are transiting through the USA to reach your required destination. This can be applied for here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences

  • Enjoy a stunning sunset and stargazing jeep tour along the San Andreas fault line. 
  • Learn more about Arizona’s deserts with a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, including a cooking demonstration, tasting and tour. 
  • Share a special Navajo BBQ dinner in the desert under a blanket of stars. 
  • Meet five of the world’s largest trees, including the largest of all—General Sherman—on a guided tour of lush Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. 
  • See some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic sights on a tour today, including Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 10 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, jeep and cable car

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $160pp pre-paid.

Tour Highlights

Take in the sights of Palm Springs by aerial tramway • Learn about beautiful Scottsdale on a sightseeing tour • See the awe-inspiring Horsehoe Bend and Antelope Canyon • Traverse the red sands of Monument valley before sharing a Navajo BBQ under the stars • Spend a day in stunning Zion NP • Meet some of the world's biggest trees in Sequoia NP and Kings Canyon NP • Enjoy a full day tour in Yosemite NP

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