California National Parks & Las Vegas!

May 14, 2018 - May 22, 2018
9 days / 17 meals
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The National Park Service has identified spring as the best time to view the incredible waterfalls in Yosemite Valley amidst spring buds and California poppies! The waterfalls are typically teeming with runoff that occurs from snowmelt.

Day 1: Flight into Las Vegas
Soaring west across the San Juan National Forest and Grand Canyon arrive in Las Vegas for a 2-night stay at The Golden Nugget located on Fremont Street. D

Day 2: Spirited Las Vegas
After a gourmet breakfast buffet, you have the option to spend the day in Las Vegas on your own or join us on an optional tour to the Valley of Fire State Park. For those who choose to tag along, enjoy the beautiful vistas, unique stone formations, ancient trees and 3,000-year-old petroglyphs. Continue our excursion with a visit to Hoover Dam (additional expense). Return to Las Vegas for dinner. B, D

Day 3: Death Valley National Park
Travel to the ghost town Rhyolite which was once the largest of the gold rush settlements. See the “bottle house” built of thousands of bottles and the Goldwell Open Air Museum featuring life-sized ghost-like disciples! Cross into California to sprawling Death Valley National Park, the largest national park outside Alaska. Embark on a guided tour of the Park with our guide from the Field Institute who will share all the interesting features and stories including Zabriskie Point and Badwater. Our overnight stay puts us right in the center of the Park at the Furnace Creek Ranch! Take a swim in a spring fed pool or relax and view the stars which blanket the brilliant sky. B, D

Day 4: Wonder Valley Ranch
Before departing the park, stop at the stunning Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and view Stovepipe Wells. Continue on for a 2-night stay at Wonder Valley Ranch in Stenger, CA, nestled in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills. Tonight, mosey on over for some delicious ranch “grub” and an historical tour on a horse drawn hayride. B, D

Day 5: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
After breakfast, it’s time to explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the second and third designated national parks in our country, with our personal guide. These parks are home to giants: immense mountains, deep canyons and huge trees. Take a deep breath of fresh pine air and behold the oldest living thing in the world as you view the General Grant Tree, named the Nation’s Christmas Tree by Calvin Coolidge in 1926. Return to the Ranch for an evening of food and entertainment. B, L, D

Day 6: Sugar Pine Train
The sounds and scenes from the era of steam powered railroad logging come to life aboard the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. A delicious BBQ lunch is included before travel to El Portal to unpack your bags for a 2-night stay on the western edge of Yosemite featuring rooms overlooking the scenic Merced River. B, L

Day 7: Yosemite Valley
Awake to the impressive scenery and travel into the park to the award winning Majestic Lodge Dining Room in the heart of the Park for a gourmet brunch. Explore the rugged beauty of Yosemite Valley this afternoon aboard an open-air tram and discover full views of waterfalls, deep valleys and rock formations including the famous Half Dome! The views of the Yosemite waterfall in the spring promises a view of spectacular scenery. It’s easy to understand why Yosemite is one of the nation’s most photographed parks! B, L

Day 8: Central Valley
Explore Mariposa, CA’s Old Town with its authentic adobe brick buildings and quaint shopping. Travel to San Mateo, CA to see The Japanese Garden in Central Park. Designed by Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo it is sure to delight the senses with spring blooms! Overnight near the San Francisco Airport. B, D

Day 9: Flight home B

Per person rates*
double $2799
triple/quad $2589
single $3309
* Includes roundtrip airfare from IND.
**If you would like a home pickup and transportation to the airport (and you live in one of the zipcodes listed here), just add $50 per person to the listed rate.

Combine this tour with Canyonlands or California Zephyr and take $450 off the combined per person rate!