Splendours of the East & West +New York (pre tour)
Fly to New York and transfer to your hotel for a four night stay.
A whole two days to discover why this incredible city is like nowhere else on earth. With something different at every turn, there's always another neighbourhood or amazing sight to discover. Board a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty close-up, shop on Fifth Avenue, visit buzzing Times Square, or browse the stunning Metropolitan Museum of Art. An oasis set amidst bustling Manhattan, Central Park is a must. Whatever you do, you'll never get enough of this exhilarating, up-tempo city.
The 'Big Apple' is one of the world's most exciting cities. On today's guided sightseeing tour, see its major attractions including Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Wall Street and Trinity Church.
Today head through the Pocono Mountains and scenic farmlands of upstate New York. Later this afternoon cross the border at Rainbow Bridge and enter Ontario, Canada.
The power of Mother Nature overwhelms the senses at one of the world's most incredible natural spectacles. Your morning sightseeing will give you spectacular views of the falls from scenic points on the rim of the gorge and from the deck of your sightseeing cruise, where you will experience the thundering water up close. The afternoon is free.
Head through the Appalachian Mountains and into the Susquehanna River Valley, then on to Philadelphia.
The 'City of Brotherly Love' is also the birthplace of American Independence. Your morning orientation tour focuses on its historic landmarks, then you have free time perhaps to see the Liberty Bell and visit other sites in the Independence National Historic Park. Afterwards it's on to the US capital.
A sightseeing tour with a local guide includes a visit to the Lincoln Memorial as well as photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House. Visit Arlington National Cemetery and see the graves of American heroes, including those of Robert and John F Kennedy. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to LA.
Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of the world's 'Capital of Glamour', and the legendary Sunset Strip. Afterwards, the day is free for your own exploration. Visit Hollywood and the Hollywood History Museum, stroll down Olvera Street, or visit the Getty Centre with its wonderful art collection.
Today, travel to the desert oasis of Palm Springs before continuing to Scottsdale, Arizona. This afternoon, head to the mountain ringed desert resort of Scottsdale. Tonight, why not join an optional excursion to one of Arizona's Legendary Cowboy Steakhouses, where legend goes it was once a hideout for cattle rustlers?
This morning begins with a Phoenix sightseeing tour, including downtown and Old Town Scottsdale where Western storefronts create an aura of the past. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore a taste of the Old West with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels and cowboy hats abundant, you will feel like you have travelled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.
First stop today is a visit to Sedona, a centre for southwestern and New Age arts. Climb through Oak Creek Canyon with its weather-sculpted formations of dramatic, colour-tinted crags. Then it's through the San Francisco Mountains to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take the optional helicopter 'flightseeing' excursion for dramatic views of the flame-coloured walls plunging to the Colorado River below. Head to Williams for an overnight stay.
Cross the old Mohave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns. Watch for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grow to 40 feet and can live for more than 300 years. Today's destination is the man-made phenomenon of Las Vegas.
The morning and afternoon are free for exploring the 'Strip' with its varied casinos and resorts, shopping plazas and amusement sites.
A day of striking natural contrasts as the journey continues across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California and ascending into the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. Overnight in Mammoth, a popular alpine resort area within easy reach of Yosemite National Park.
Cross the high Tioga Pass and enter Yosemite National Park, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests and giant granite domes, pinnacles and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet. Afterwards, drive to Modesto.
Continue to San Francisco, crossing one of the city's splendid bridges offering vistas of its skyline and magnificent harbour. Main sights on the city tour include the renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and Nob Hill.
This morning, visit the notorious former prison of Alcatraz, which housed famous gangsters such as Al Capone and Robert 'The Birdman' Stroud. The afternoon is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in San Francisco or Hawaii.