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12 Day Southwest USA Small Group Tour

This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.

Pace
Lively Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

✓ Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
✓ Incredible sightseeing including the breathtaking Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Monument Valley, discover the vibrant cities of Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles
✓ 11 nights in comfortable 3 to 4-star and boutique accommodation
✓ Breakfast daily and a traditional Navajo lunch
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
✓ Enjoy light to moderate hiking in some of the world’s most iconic national parks

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Luxor Hotel or Similar

Welcome to Las Vegas! 

On arrival into Harry Reid International Airport, you will be met by your private transfer and driven to your hotel.

This evening you will have a welcome meeting with your Tour Leader and your fellow travellers.

Hotel
Yavapai West Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we will head to the Grand Canyon - one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

En route, we will stop at Seligman along the iconic Route 66.

Located 2124 metres above sea level, the Grand Canyon is the spectacular result of millions of years of wind and water erosion. Surrounded by a magnificent forest, the canyon seems to be protected by a lush screen of greenery. This will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip. 

We suggest a 2.7 km hike (1-2 hours) to Ooh Aah Point.

Driving distance: 450 km / 4 hours 15 mins

Hotel
Best Western Plus at Lake Powell or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

We depart the Grand Canyon with a scenic drive along Desert View Drive where we will stop at Desert View Watchtower. Modelled after ancient Puebloan watchtowers, the Watchtower at Desert View features murals by Hopi artist Frank Kabotie. Time permitting, you may have a chance to climb the stairs to the top for an outstanding view of the Canyon and the surrounding area.

Continuing onto Monument Valley, where you will find yourself surrounded by imposing, crimson monoliths. This 40 km-long and 25 km-wide desert plain has served as the backdrop to numerous westerns including five John Ford classics. Enjoy an included lunch of Navajo specialties followed by a jeep tour of the valley with a local Navajo guide.

We will arrive at Page in the afternoon, should time and weather permit, you can enjoy a dip in Lake Powell.

Driving Distance: 535 km / 5 hours 30 mins

Hotel
Best Western Ruby's Inn or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

To start the day you will visit Horseshoe Bend (2 km roundtrip hike): a geologic masterpiece sculpted by the Colorado River. Horseshoe Bend is an example of what happens when water takes the path of least resistance. With the help of gravity, the Colorado River began cutting through rock layers deep and fast. The result is the 270° bend in the river. 

Discovered by Mormons at the end of the 19th century, Bryce Canyon is considered one of the jewels of the National Parks system. The shapes, colours and shades of the stone and the famous Pink Cliffs are constantly changing from dawn to dusk. Hike down the canyon to get closer to the hoodoos (thin spires of rock). 

SPend the remainder of your day exploring Bryce at your own pace.

Please note: the mentioned hike to the hoodoos is not recommended for people with heart conditions due to the significant elevation change

Driving distance: 400 km / 2 hours 40 mins

Hotel
Luxor Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we will explore Zion National Park. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

This afternoon will be at your leisure upon returning to Las Vegas. 

Driving distance: 400 km / 4 hours 45 mins

Hotel
Mammoth Mountain Inn or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today you will drive through the Nevada Desert and cross the border to California where you will descend into famous Death Valley. At 86 metres below sea level, Death Valley is one of the hottest places on earth. The landscape is so deserted that the first cowboys to have crossed it said of it: "Not a stream to drink from, not a tree to hang on". You will discover Furnace Creek, and the sand dunes of Stovepipe Wells.

In the afternoon, we will drive high into the Sierra Nevada range as we make our way to Mammoth Lakes where will be overnight.

Driving distance: 560 km / 6 hours

Please note: should the Tioga Pass be closed, the group will be routed to overnight in Bakersfield.

Please note: in case of extreme heat (temperatures +40 degrees celsius), the visit to Death Valley will not be possible and will be replaced by a visit to Calico Ghost Town or Tonopah Historic Mining Park.

Hotel
Edwardian Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning we take a scenic drive on the Tioga pass as we enter Yosemite National Park.  Yosemite will delight you with its Alpine landscape, with pine forests, waterfalls, and rivers, all dominated by the silhouette of great white monoliths. Marvel at the giant redwoods, Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, and a few famous waterfalls such as Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls (often dry in the summer).

From here, we will continue onto San Francisco for the next 3 nights.

Driving distance: 480 km / 6 hours 30 mins

Hotel
Edwardian Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we will have a guided tour of San Francisco, one of the most photographed, filmed, and documented cities in the world. The city is a tantalising mix of history, modern sophistication, and stunning natural beauty. Start with (weather permitting) a panoramic view from the top of Twin Peaks, you will have an unrivalled perspective of the city from the bay to the Golden Gate strait.  Next you will discover Golden Gate Park. Continue our tour with a stop at Alamo Square, where you will see the best examples of San Francisco's iconic Victorian homes, the “Painted Ladies.” Make a stop at the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. 

Lunch will be at your own expense, somewhere along Fisherman’s Wharf.

End the day with stops at Chinatown, Union Square and the Civic Center, with its Beaux-Arts City Hall.

Hotel
Edwardian Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we will head north, across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach. The Muir Beach Overlook provides expansive views of the Pacific Coast, including the Point Reyes Peninsula. Relax on the beach or explore the several historic base-end stations, observation posts that were part of the San Francisco Bay coastal defence system. 

Next you will visit Sausalito, famous for its waterfront cafés, art galleries, and charming house boats. Here you will have some time at leisure for lunch.

Return to San Francisco by taking a scenic ferry ride across the bay. 

Spend this afternoon at leisure to do some shopping, visit one of the city’s world-class museums, or perhaps rent a bike for a ride along the waterfront.

Hotel
Santa Maria Inn or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Bidding farewell to San Fran’, bound for Santa Maria via the coastal town of Monterey. Tour the town of Monterey, particularly the fishing port and Cannery Row, made famous by the writer John Steinbeck. 

Visit nearby Carmel, one the most charming coastal towns of California, with pristine beaches and trendy boutiques. 

You will then drive along the superb Big Sur coastline: the majestic Santa Lucia range gives way to dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Stops will be made along the way to snap some pictures and enjoy a few short hikes to soak up the scenery.

Arriving into Santa Maria in the late afternoon.

Driving distance: 240 km / 4 hours 15 mins

Hotel
Hotel June or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning, we will drive to lovely Santa Barbara, known for its golden beaches, palm-lined bay, red-tiled roofs and Spanish architecture. Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara, the largest Franciscan convent in California today, considered to be the queen of the California missions. 

As we continue onto Los Angeles, stop in luxurious Malibu for a visit of the Adamson House, a National Historic Site and California Historic Landmark. The Spanish Colonial Revival style home occupies one of the most idyllic oceanfront spots in all of Southern California. Situated near the  Malibu Lagoon, the house boasts an exotic mix of Spanish and Moorish influences with dazzling displays of decorative tiles and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship including hand-carved doors, hand-painted frescoes, moulded ceilings, distinctive cast ironwork and lead-framed bottle glass windows. 

Finally, we end the day with a stop at the Griffith Observatory to get some of the best views of Downtown Los Angeles as well as the famous Hollywood Sign, a landmark and American cultural icon.

Meals
Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in time for your departure flight.

Inclusions

  • Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
  • Incredible sightseeing including the breathtaking Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Monument Valley, discover the vibrant cities of Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • 11 nights in comfortable 3 to 4-star and boutique accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and a traditional Navajo lunch
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Enjoy light to moderate hiking in some of the world’s most iconic national parks.

  • Las Vegas – Discover the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas during your stay on The Strip
  • Grand Canyon – Stand in awe at the rim of the Grand Canyon with its breathtaking beauty
  • Route 66 – Enjoy a pitstop in Seligman, one of the old Route 66’s most iconic stops
  • Desert View – Stop at the Desert View Watchtower, featuring murals by Hopi artist Frank Kabotie
  • Monument Valley – Enjoy an included lunch of Navajo specialties followed by a jeep tour of the valley with local a Navajo guide
  • Lake Powell – Have a dip in Lake Powell’s crystal clear waters
  • Horseshoe Bend – Marvel at this geologic masterpiece sculpted by the Colorado River
  • Bryce Canyon – Explore the natural amphitheatres, stacked formations and changing colours of Bryce Canyon
  • Zion National Park – Gaze in awe at the glacier-carved sandstone walls of Zion National Park
  • Death Valley – Traverse Death Valley National Park's parched landscape surrounded by snow-capped peaks
  • Yosemite National Park – Enjoy Yosemite National Park's views of sheer granite walls, ice-sculptured domes, thundering waterfalls and alpine peaks
  • San Francisco – Get to know San Francisco's sights including the dramatic curves of Lombard Street, the famous waterfront, Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito
  • Big Sur – Drive along the dramatic Big Sur coastline, stopping at incredible view points along the way
  • Monterey – Tour of the town of Monterey, particularly the fishing port and Cannery Row, made famous by the writer John Steinbeck
  • Carmel – Explore one the most charming coastal towns of California, with pristine beaches and trendy boutiques
  • Santa Barbara – Visit the beautiful mission Santa Barbara, the largest Franciscan convent in California today
  • Malibu – Visit Adamson House, a National Historic Site and California Historic Landmark
  • Los Angeles – Stop at the Griffith Observatory to get some of the best views of Downtown Los Angeles as well as the famous Hollywood Sign

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a ₹3,999.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a ₹3,999.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of ₹30,497.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of ₹60,993.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”3”

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
Tipping in the USA is a complex cultural practice. While not technically mandatory, it's deeply ingrained in the service industry and considered a crucial part of an employee's income. Understanding the tipping etiquette can be confusing for visitors, as it varies depending on the type of service, location, and even the bill amount.

Here is some information to assist you with tipping in the USA.

Tipping in the USA is expected, but not mandatory. Generally 15-20% of the bill (before tax) is considered standard for good service, while higher tips are customary for exceptional service. Some restaurants may automatically add gratuity, so check your bill carefully. 

Tipping your tour leader in the USA is not as common as tipping in restaurants, but it's certainly a kind gesture and a way to show your appreciation for their hard work and guidance throughout your trip. If you had a good experience, USD$5-$10 per person per day is a decent starting point. For exceptional service or longer tours, aim for USD$10-$20 or a lump sum at the end.

Ultimately, tipping your tour leader is a personal decision. If you felt they provided a valuable service and made your trip more enjoyable, a tip is a thoughtful way to express your thanks. Remember, even a small gesture can go a long way in showing your appreciation for their hard work.

While navigating the intricacies of tipping can feel overwhelming at first, understanding the basics will ensure you navigate this cultural practice confidently during your visit to the USA.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is ₹89,031.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
2-16 people

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required, however most travellers will qualify for the USA Visa waiver program, which is an e-visa system. Visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ for more information.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://www.vfsglobal.com/ for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

This package is sold as land only, however you do have the option of adding international airfares to your booking. Simply click on’ book now’, and under upgrades ,  you will be asked “Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?”

By selecting this option Inspiring Vacations will contact you to discuss adding flights to your chosen destination. We can assist with flying the airline of your choice to turn your booking into a flight inclusive package.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
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