The Great American Crossing - Coast to Coast by Air

21 days from £2949pp.


Mount Rushmore

Visit: Mount Rushmore, USA

Chicago

Visit: Chicago, USA

Join us on an exhilarating cross country adventure exploring exciting, bustling cities, inspirational landscapes and a diverse culture that will be sure to create a truly once in a lifetime experience.

    Fly to New York City, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls

    We depart New York for Philadelphia, where we spend the morning exploring the historic district of the “City of Brotherly Love” and the birthplace of a nation. See the Liberty Bell, and stroll through Independence National Historic Park and Mall. Then continue to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

    Washington Monument

    Washington Monument

    Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or simply stroll the banks of the Potomac River.

    Gettysburg

    Gettysburg

    Today, visit Gettysburg National Military Park, site of one of the most decisive battles during the American Civil War, and the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863. We then travel through upstate New York to Buffalo and cross the border into Canada, where the thundering noise and mist of Niagara Falls permeates the air.

    Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls

    Spend the morning sightseeing at Niagara Falls. Stroll along Table Rock and view the thundering waters of Horseshoe Falls. In the late afternoon, cross into the United States, continuing to your hotel in a suburb of Detroit, known as “Motor City USA”.

    Detroit

    Detroit

    This morning we make an early start to visit the fascinating Henry Ford Museum. After time exploring the many exhibits of the museum we will visit the nearby Ford plant and watch a modern production vehicle roll off the ever busy factory floor. We then leave Motor City behind and travel along Lake Michigan to Chicago for our overnight stay.

    Chicago skyline

    Chicago skyline

    Today we will enjoy a short tour of the city’s highlights including Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Mississippi River

    Mississippi River

    Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields, wheat fields and dairy farms. Then we cross the mighty Mississippi River and travel into the state of Iowa to arrive just as Lewis & Clark did 200 years ago on the banks of the Missouri River. Overnight in Sioux City.

    Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore

    Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota and onwards to Badlands National Park, once home to the buffalo and antelope, and filled with colourful rock formations. Then we continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to Mount Rushmore.

    Bighorn Mountains

    Bighorn Mountains

    Enter the state of Wyoming, which has twelve mountain ranges intermixed with deserts and rolling grasslands, and continue to Cody for the night. If overnight in Cody is not possible due to weather or adverse road conditions in Yellowstone, overnight will be in Billings Livingston, Montana.

    Yellowstone

    Yellowstone

    Drive past the mountains in Wyoming to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland including: geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and canyons. Highlights include Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls and beautiful Hayden Valley.

    Grand Teton National Park

    Grand Teton National Park

    Travel through Grand Teton National Park (weather permitting) and see awesome mountain peaks towering over 13,000 ft. Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. Later, arrive in the Mormon State of Utah and take a short city tour of its capital, Salt Lake City. The followers of Brigham Young built one of the best-planned cities in the country. See the State Capital building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening.

    Bryce Canyon

    Bryce Canyon

    Continue today 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 & brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.

    Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon

    Depart Bryce Canyon and journey to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Lake Powell is the second-largest man-made lake in America, and one in a series of lakes formed by the damming of the Colorado River. Then visit colossal Grand Canyon National Park, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the Canyon rim to fully experience this mile-deep canyon’s plunging gorges, rising spires, extinct volcanoes and, below the rim, the winding Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff, a famed stop on Historic Route 66.

    Sign on Las Vegas strip,Nevada

    Sign on Las Vegas strip,Nevada

    This morning depart Flagstaff and travel on to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World”. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time sixty years ago. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the dazzling Las Vegas Strip.

    LOS ANGELES

    LOS ANGELES

    Travel to Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert, where clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour through the “City of Angels” including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel.

    Today we suggest an optional full-day tour visiting the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios. Get an inside look at the sets and uncover the behind the scenes secrets of legendary films or perhaps, for the more adventurous, take one of the Studios’ feature rides including Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy.

    Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara

    Leave Los Angeles in the morning and travel north through one of California’s favourite vacation spots, Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. The city is famous for its mission and Spanish heritage. Along the way, stop at an iconic California lifeguard tower made famous in “Baywatch”.

    Monterey Fishermans Wharf

    Monterey Fishermans Wharf

    Today we make our way north to Carmel, home of actor/director Clint Eastwood. Enjoy browsing the shops and galleries of this famous artists’ colony. Traveling further north, visit Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Stroll the Pier to Cannery Row, brought to fame by John Steinbeck’s novel. In the afternoon pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route to San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.”

    Transfer to airport for your return overnight flight to the U.K.

    Arrival in the U.K.

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 19 nights hotel
    • Flights to New York and from San Francisco
    • Airport transfers in the USA
    • Fully escorted in the USA by a Tour Manager
    • Air-conditioned coach travel

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Philadelphia
    • Niagara Falls
    • Washington, D.C. city tour
    • Tour Gettysburg National Military Park
    • Henry Ford Museum & Ford Plant, Detroit
    • City tour of Chicago
    • Salt Lake City tour
    • Bryce Canyon National Park
    • Travel along Route 66
    • See the Grand Canyon
    • City tour of Los Angeles
    • Visit Monterey & Carmel
    • Las Vegas
    • San Francisco

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Maid of the Mist ride with lunch at Niagara Falls
    • Architectural river cruise in Chicago

    Notes

      

    Single Room Supplement from £995.00 (21 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay at hotels such as:

    • Affinia Manhattan, New York City
    • Omni Shoreham, Washington D.C.
    • Cairn Croft, Niagara Falls
    • Best Western Greenfield Inn,   Detroit
    • Hilton Oakbrook Resort, Chicago
    • Marina Inn, Sioux City
    • Best Western Ramkota, Rapid City
    • Buffalo Bill Village, Cody
    • Gray Wolf Inn / Brandin Iron Inn, Yellowstone
    • Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake Downtown, Salt Lake City
    • Bryce View Lodge, Bryce Canyon
    • Days Hotel Flagstaff, Flagstaff
    • Luxor Las Vegas - Pyramid Rooms, Las Vegas
    • Marriott LAX, Los Angeles
    • Holiday Inn Express Solvang, Central Coast
    • Hotel Carlton, San Francisco

    Please note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.

    All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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