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Western Family Discovery

Western Family Discovery - Grand American Adventures
Western Family Discovery - Grand American Adventures
Rather poor
1 review
Starts
San Francisco
+7 Destinations
West USA
Ends
Las Vegas
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Highlights

  • Explore the Navajo Indian's Monument Valley
  • Experience Las Vegas Nightlife
  • Drive along scenic Route 66
  • Walk around The 'City by the Bay'
Age range
8 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
13
Transportation
Private Vehicle
Start in San Francisco and end in Las Vegas! With the discovery tour Western Family Discovery, you have a 12 day tour package taking you from San Francisco to Las Vegas and through San Francisco, USA and 8 other destinations in USA. Western Family Discovery is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • P
    Written on August 14, 2015
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Be warned, the camping is very basic. Campsites were most often an hour or more outside of the national parks. WHY? All the parks had campsites in them and this would have meant for much more relaxed days when we weren't travelling. Getting up at 6.30 - 7am to have got up+breakfasted+made your packed lunch+packed your tent and bags+packed the trailer, ALL BY 8.30am!! is hard graft and wears you down over 10 days. We had a jokey but critical Mormon tour-guide who everyone feared pissing off. By the end of the tour 2 families had opted for Motels, one had left (after 3 days) and one camped the last night on their own. Not a resounding success. If you want this tour to get you to the national parks and then let you do your own thing you will need a different tour-guide than we had. He expected us all to do what he had planned based around dolly walks in crowds on paved paths. Great scenery but spoilt by crowds. Don't expect wilderness experiences unless you 'go for it' on your 2 free days and get far enough away from the crowds to be on your own without the tour guide or conservative America breathing down your neck. And don't think you can have beer with your lunch or wine with your evening meals. This is an indictable offence. The National Park Rangers are federal officers and have a reputation for being inflexible and severe. Asking 3 of them re rules about walking off the Tarmac road to go through the woods one kept their hand ready beside their taser!!  Don't mess! America is hugely conservative and conventional, Utah and Mormons especially, and rules rules rules ruined my trip. Including 2 dams in the itinerary was 2 too many for us. And our 16yr old hated it. He HUGELY resented getting up at 7. A nightmare holiday to laugh about in the future perhaps but I saw some amazing places and had some exceptional out-door experiences. But it's HARD. You'll need a holiday after this!
    Grand American Adventures commented on this review
    Dear Philip, I am familiar with the background of your review as this has been well documented. Unfortunately Grand American Adventures have a very different version of the events. You have failed to mention issues which were discussed with you during your tour relating to your disregard for punctuality, local laws, bullying and general disruption to the tour. Similar feedback is echoed by your fellow travellers who have specifically mentioned you. There is some question as to why the family you mentioned left the tour early. Your tour leader has worked with Grand American Adventures for many years with on-going excellent customer feedback. It is clear from your post tour feedback that you had issues with your tour leader, exacerbated by your relaxed attitude to national park and American laws. Grand American Adventures have operated for many years and we are familiar with how to deliver a family tour. We utilise campgrounds with the most favourable facilities as opposed to some of the state run campsites which can be of a lesser standard. We aim to be as clear as possible in our brochure, website and pre-booking information as to the realities of the tour, but it does occur from time to time that customers arrive with incorrect expectations. Our tours are experiential holidays and need structure in order to run smoothly whilst also offering free time when required. Regards Grand American Adventures
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Las Vegas
  • Day 2-3: Route 66 - Grand Canyon National Park
  • Day 4: Monument Valley
  • Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park - Kodachrome Basin
  • Day 6: Zion National Park
  • Day 7: Zion National Park
  • Day 8: Zion National Park - Great Basin Desert
  • Day 9-11: Rachel, Nevada - Yosemite National Park
  • Day 12: Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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    San Francisco is the starting point and Las Vegas is the endpoint.
    Max group size
    13 is the maximum group size for Western Family Discovery.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 10% to confirm this Grand American Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 90 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 17 January 2018 the full payment of $1,900 is necessary.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1900 for Western Family Discovery, but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,600 km.
    • San Francisco (USA)
    • 258 km
    • Yosemite NP (USA)
    • 572 km
    • Zion National Park (USA)
    • 80 km
    • Bryce Canyon National Park (USA)
    • 19 km
    • Kodachrome Basin State Park (USA)
    • 81 km
    • Lake Powell (USA)
    • 105 km
    • Monument Valley (USA)
    • 199 km
    • Grand Canyon (USA)
    • 285 km
    • Las Vegas (USA)

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