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					 For tours departing beyond 2010, itineraries may be subject
 to change. This will be confirmed by the publication of the
 2011 brochure (issued in Sep 10).                              Tour Dossier

                USA          Dossier Ref. FAS

                Into the Wild West
Amended 26 May 2010. Valid from                        , MONUMENT VALLEY Navajo Reservation                           Into the Wild West Ref FAS
01 Jan 2010 to 31 Dec 2010                                 and stunning landscapes.                                                         UTAH

Since first issue this dossier has been                , BRYCE CANYON Red and orange rock                                                               CAPITOL

                                                                                                                    USA                         BRYCE

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updated with amendments to the                           formations.                                                                          CANYON NP

following sections: Other sightseeing                  , ZION N.P. Walks in the park.                                                  Optional horseriding
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                                                                                                                                         ZION NP               POWELL
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 customers, please ensure you have the                 elevation of around 1800m, and is the site of                VEGAS       Mead     GRAND                   VALLEY
                                                       some of the most amazing and accessible                          Hoover                  CANYON        Jeep into
 most up-to-date copy of this dossier                                                                                    Dam                      NP            Navajo
 immediately before you travel. You can                scenery on the face of the planet, its surface                                                        Reservation

                                                                                                                                             oute 66   Williams
 download the dossier from our website,                split by deep and dramatic canyons. The

                                                                                                                                        R Of course we will notify           region is one of the most sparsely populated              CALIFORNIA

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 you of any significant changes, but                   in the country and contains the USA’s largest                    km
 sometimes minor changes may simply be                 concentration of National Parks. This tour is                                          ARIZONA
 added to the tour dossier.                            designed to show you the natural highlights              0                     250
                                                       of this remarkable area – from the heights of
                                                       the sheer rock faces of Zion to the depths of           Swimming opportunities – whether in
JOINING TOUR ABROAD                                    the Grand Canyon and the deep blue tranquil             swimming pools, rivers, lakes, the sea or the
                                                       waters of Lake Powell, set against the blood            ocean – are indicated on the itinerary by the
13 days/12 nights Land Only                                                                                    following icon:
Las Vegas to Las Vegas                                 red rock of sandstone buttes. Although the
                                                       main focus of this tour is scenery, there is            Day 1. Join tour Las Vegas
Join Las Vegas (day 1)                                 also a strong cultural element – the once               Arriving in Las Vegas later this afternoon we
End Las Vegas (day 13)                                 forgotten ‘Route 66’, the epic struggle of the          transfer to our hotel and check-in.
                                                       Mormons settling in this harsh landscape and            2 nights hotel H+.
Clients booked on ‘Land Only’ arrangements             of course the tribal land of the Navajo Nation.
should make their own way to the joining point         All participants should be reasonably fit and           Day 2. In Las Vegas
in Las Vegas. Please refer to separate ‘Joining        active as some of the walking is quite                  This morning we take a tour of the famous
Instructions’ for name and address of hotel            demanding (although all is optional). We                Vegas Strip. Las Vegas is an enigma, a city in
and time of rendezvous with tour leader.               travel by maxi-wagon as we explore a great              the desert, full of glitz and panache, which
                                                       part of the West occasionally camping with              has become the showbiz Mecca of America.
                                                       minimal facilities.                                     At the turn of the last century it didn’t even
GROUP TRAVEL                                           All camping equipment is provided, except a
                                                                                                               exist, but today it is home to over a million
                                                                                                               people and boasts 14 of the 15 largest
FROM LONDON                                            sleeping bag and, like many adventures of               hotels in the world. It is a modern day El
                                                       this type, much of the team-spirit, fun and             Dorado, where Egyptian Pyramids and
13 days/12 nights Tour including                       camaraderie is developed through mucking-in             Arthurian Castles, share the desert haze with
Connecting Group Flights                               and helping set up camp, prepare meals and              Venice, Paris and the New York skyline. If
London-Las Vegas-London                                other camp chores. Participants should                  travel is to experience, then Las Vegas will
Depart from London Gatwick Airport to join             therefore be prepared to help out as                    not fail to impress – travellers who have not
tour in Las Vegas (day 1 of Land Only                  required. Be prepared for some early starts             visited this city may be aloof about the
itinerary).                                            and for some long days – there is an                    prospect, but once there, it does not cease
                                                       enormous amount to see.                                 to amaze. From the bizarre to the tacky,
Return from Las Vegas (day 13 of Land Only
itinerary) and arrive London Gatwick the                                                                       there is always something to grab your
following day.                                         LAND ONLY ITINERARY                                     attention. In front of the Mirage hotel you can
                                                                                                               witness a live volcano eruption while at the
Passengers with non-group flights booked               Be Prepared: While our intention is to adhere           next corner furious pirates fight for their
through Explore should refer to their individual       to the day-by-day route printed below, a degree         liberty at the Treasure Island. There is also
confirmation invoice for flight details. Transfers     of flexibility is built into the itinerary. Overnight   the magical water light show at the Bellagio,
to and from the airport are not included unless        stops may vary from those suggested. Please             the recreation of Venice at the Venetian or
purchased in addition to the tour package.             note that if security threat levels are high then       you can even climb to the top of the Eiffel
                                                       the Hoover Dam may be closed, and we will               Tower . Still the most breathtaking view over
                                                       instead drive through the town of Oatman.               the city is from the top of the 350m
                                                       Please note that temperatures in this area
SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS                                     can be high during summer - sometimes over
                                                                                                               Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding
Among the many highlights featured on this                                                                     observation tower in the United States.
                                                       40°C. Please bear this in mind when packing
tour, we particularly mention:                         for your trip and ensure you drink plenty of            Day 3. Drive via Williams along Route 66 to
                                                       water during the day.                                   the Grand Canyon
, LAS VEGAS The Mecca of showbiz.
                                                                                                               This morning we leave the bright lights of
, WILLIAMS Historic Route 66.                          Accommodation and Included Meals: please                Vegas behind, cross the monumental Hoover
, GRAND CANYON One of the planet’s                     find the key to our accommodation ratings               Dam and enter the harsh Nevada desert.
   greatest natural wonders.                           overleaf, and note that included meals are              Driving under huge blue skies and across
                                                       indicated in the itinerary below and are                arid landscapes we quickly get used to the
              Earth Matters                            shown on the day they are provided (B =                 feeling of space in this vast country. We then
•We may use low impact maxiwagons on our               breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).                      travel along Historic Route 66 to Seligman.
tours in the United States, which have a lower                                                                 An estimated 210,000 people migrated to
environmental impact than the usual American                                                                   California along this road to escape the
fly-drive holiday.                                                                                             despair of the Dust Bowl during the
• We suggest you bring your own water bottle                   Carbon Offsets Included                         Depression years. The architecture along this
on this trip to refill in order to cut down on                                                                 ghost road gives an insight into the early
                                                        As part of our responsible tourism policy we           days of Route 66 and is rich in Americana.
waste.                                                  offset carbon emissions from all customer and
• Our local partners for this tour co-sponsor                                                                  After a visit to Williams we continue our drive
                                                        staff flights booked by Explore. Our carbon offset     to the Grand Canyon area where we will
the San Francisco Bio-fuels co-operative to             partner is Climate Care. If you are making
give people local access to alternative fuels.                                                                 spend the next two nights.
                                                        independent flight arrangements to join one of
• For further information on responsible                our tours, may we urge you to offset your carbon
                                                                                                               2 nights hotel H+.
travel go to                  emissions through Climate Care, or a similar
ResponsibleTourism/                                     offsetting scheme.

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For bookings outside the UK please contact your local travel agent representing Explore.                                                                 Page 1 of 4
Day 4. In Grand Canyon; optional walks               However, familiarity does not prepare you for           Day 10. Drive to Zion National Park
The Grand Canyon extends east to west for            this amazing spectacle. Pinnacles and towers            Travelling southwest we head for Zion NP, the
some 450km, from the western boundary of             rocket skywards from the desert floor and               last natural gem on our tour through the High
the Navajo Reservation to the vicinity of Lake       the warm embrace of sunset colours alters               Plains. Desert terrain and huge, sculpted
Mead and the Nevada border. The Canyon is            the landscape’s appearance daily. Stopping              rock formations coexist with waterfalls and
1750m deep (as deep as the highest of the            first at the visitors’ center, we then explore          hanging gardens to create an oasis in the
Rocky Mountains are tall), and averages              the valley in jeeps with a Navajo guide.                desert. Established as a national park in
16km in width. For the fit it is possible to         Overnight camping C+ (included meals:                   1919, Zion spreads across 147,000 acres
walk a short distance into the Canyon, or for        B, L, D).                                               and contains eight geologic formations. Its
those feeling slightly less energetic, a                                                                     original inhabitants were the Anasazi, who
leisurely stroll along the canyon rim may be         Day 7. Drive to Capitol Reef                            mysteriously seemed to disappear sometime
more to your liking (both unescorted).               With its deep river canyons and towering                around the 13th century. They were followed
Alternatively you may wish to view the canyon        ochre, white and red rock walls, Capitol Reef           by the Paiutes who named the area
from high above on a helicopter flight               is a multi-coloured, multilayered wilderness            ‘Loogoon’ (arrow quiver), holding it in awe
(optional). Whatever you decide, the Canyon          of sandstone formations that inspired the               and believing it to be inhabited by spirits, so
is one of the most amazing natural                   Indians who once lived here to name it the              much so that they refused to enter the
spectacles anywhere on the planet and                Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. The                       canyon at night. The Mormons were the first
sunsets at the Grand Canyon are something            Waterpocket Fold defines Capitol Reef                   white men to enter the canyon and it was
to be savoured and an experience that will           National Park. Formed between 50 and 70                 them who christened the place Zion. As its
long remain in your memory. In the evening           million years ago it is a nearly 150km long             name suggests it is a place of peace and
you may wish to end the day with an IMAX             warp in the Earth’s crust: a regional fold with         refuge, but not only for the visitor. The park
movie presentation about the history of the          one very steep side in an area of otherwise             is a sanctuary for all manner of flora and
canyon (optional).                                   nearly horizontal layers. The rock layers on            fauna, from roadrunners, golden eagles and
                                                     the west side of the Waterpocket Fold have              mountain lions, to cottonwood, cactus and
Day 5. Drive to Lake Powell                          been lifted more than 2000m higher than the             desert phlox. There is the option to walk to
At the Desert Viewpoint we enjoy the last            layers on the east. The most scenic portion,            Canyon View, which is an ideal opportunity to
look into the spectacular Grand Canyon               found near the Fremont River, is known as               get a good introduction to some of this
before proceeding into the Painted Desert.           Capitol Reef: “capitol” for the white domes of          varied wildlife. Overnight camping C+
We enter the Navajo Reservation and a short          Navajo Sandstone that resemble capitol                  (included meals: D).
stop at the Cameron Trading post gives us a          building rotundas, and “reef” for the rocky
chance to shop for Native American arts and          cliffs which are a barrier to travel, like a coral      Day 11. In Zion
crafts of this region, before continuing on to       reef. Overnight camp C+ (included meals:                Today we have the possibility for some more
the azure blue Lake Powell. At a length of           B, L, D).                                               great hiking. A rather wet experience is the
300km (and a shoreline length of an                                                                          hike in the knee-deep Virgin River, boxed in
incredible 3150km – longer than the western          Day 8. Drive to Bryce Canyon                            by 730m high canyon walls in the Zion
coast of the United States), Lake Powell is          From Capitol Reef we continue through the               Narrows (weather permitting), where we will
one of the most scenic lakes in the world.           Utah desert to Bryce Canyon. There is little            encounter water-sculpted sandstone arches,
Part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation          that you will have ever seen before that can            grottos and cathedral-like fluted walls. Or you
Area and named after the one-armed civil war         truly prepare you for your first sight of this          may choose to climb up to Angels Landing,
veteran John Wesley Powell, who first                amazing canyon and plenty of camera film                which is not a hike for the faint of heart as it
recorded his travel through the area, the lake       will be required. Named after a Mormon                  involves steep drop-offs! Of course there are
is the second largest manmade lake in the            settler by the name of Ebenezer Bryce, who              easier walks, such as to the Emerald pools,
U.S., after Lake Mead, with a surface area of        memorably declared it ‘a hell of a place to             so there is something for everybody to
161,390 acres and a depth of almost 200              lose a cow’, Bryce Canyon is a multihued                explore in this fantastic natural playground.
meters (when the lake is full). It is one of the     ampitheatre of sculpted rocks -or “Hoodoos”-            Overnight camping C+ (included meals:
most surreal landscapes imaginable, with             which resemble petrified animals or historic            B, L, D).
more than 96 major canyons, tranquil blue            figures. Erosion has created these amazing
waters and red sandstone buttes. This                formations out of 225 million to 250 million-           Day 12. Drive to Las Vegas
afternoon you could visit Antelope Canyon - a        year old rocks and it is easy to understand             Eventually we have to leave nature behind,
beautiful, peach-gold coloured, sandstone            why the Paiute Indians called this place the            so we say our final goodbyes to Zion then
slot canyon formed by the force of flash             ‘Valley of the Standing Man’. Be warned                 make our way to Las Vegas and travel back
floods coming from the plains above                  though,at 2700m, Bryce Canyon can be cold               to Las Vegas. This evening there is the
(optional). Overnight camp C+ (included              at night! 2 nights Teepee C (included meals;            option of taking a limo ride along the strip,
meals: D). Please be aware that                      B).                                                     absorbing the millions of colourful lights that
temperatures here can be high, and it is                                                                     turn this city into daylight every night.
                                                     Day 9. In Bryce Canyon                                  Overnight hotel H+ (included meals: B).
important to keep hydrated.                          This morning we shall have the opportunity to
Day 6. Drive to Monument Valley                      see Bryce Canyon at its best – at sunrise               Day 13. Tour ends Las Vegas
Today we drive to the biggest Indian                 when the red, orange and golden hues of the
reservation in the country, the Navajo               sandstone provide a veritable tapestry of
Reservation, which was founded in 1888 to            warm colours. We also have the opportunity
provide a protected region for the Navajo            of some optional walks in the canyon itself.
people. Monument Valley lies within this vast        As well as the amazing spectacle of its
area and has featured as a backdrop to               geological formations, the canyon is also
many ‘Westerns’ and other Hollywood                  home to a diverse array of wildlife, from
productions, including “Back to the Future III,      small mammals, such as the rare Utah
“Thelma and Louise” and “Wild Wild West”.            prairie dog, to birds and foxes, as well as the
This is the classic ‘wild west’ landscape.           occasional mountain lion and black bear.

 EXPLORE ACCOMMODATION RATINGS : An important feature of many Explore tours is the wide range of accommodation used, and since the beginning our
 philosophy has been to select accommodation to suit the itinerary - not the other way round.
 To help gauge the comfort level on your chosen tour, we have graded the accommodation standards at all night-stops using the rating guide below. Please
 keep in mind however that standards can vary from one trip to the next, and occasionally we may need to change a night-stop without advance warning.
 Hotels / lodges / guesthouses - or similar                                      Camping
 H++ : Comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms       C++ : Comfortable, full service camping generally in permanent, fixed
 and en suite facilities. With air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and    camps with walk-in tents, proper beds and often with en-suite facilities and
 with reliable hot and cold water. Generally good levels of service and often    other amenities such as dining area, bar, gardens and a swimming pool.
 with added amenities such as restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.         Your bed-linen is provided.
 H+ : Standard hotels, lodges or guesthouses, usually with twin or single        C+ : Standard camping in private or public campsites, usually with WC and
 rooms and en suite facilities. These are generally standard, no-frills hotels   washing / showering facilities in a shared ablutions building. Typically in
 with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are        two person tents, and some level of participation is often required.
 perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are           Generally bed linen or sleeping bags are not provided.
 often small, family run establishments.                                         C : Basic camping in wild camps where facilities / amenities may be
 H : Basic hotels, lodges or guesthouses (also village houses, mountain          limited or non-existent. Generally there is no running water, and we dig a
 huts, hotels etc often come into this category). Accommodation may be           temporary bush toilet. Two person tents are often used, but occasionally
 communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared.         we sleep under the stars. Participation normally required and sleeping
 Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. These         bags usually not provided.
 can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, but comfort             Note: other accommodation, for example, aboard boats or on overnight
 levels are low.                                                                 sleeper trains is described individually at the appropriate point in the tour
                                                                                 itinerary above.

                        To book please call 0844 499 0901 •
For bookings outside the UK please contact your local travel agent representing Explore.                                                       Page 2 of 4
PERSONAL EXPENSES                                  majority of the year; be prepared for hot
                                                   daytime temperatures (27 to 40°C) and
                                                                                                     repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact
                                                                                                     telephone number for your Insurance
You’ll need some extra money to cover meals
not included in the tour price, other              cooler evenings from July to September.           Company must be shown on your
sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a              Please note that temperatures may remain          documentation in case of emergency.
personal nature such as laundry.                   hot at night.                                     If you are unable to provide all this
                                                                                                     information at the start of the trip you will
                                                   Additional information and climate charts can     not be allowed to join the trip. If you have
Foreign Exchange                                   be accessed at
Local Currency: US Dollar.                                                                           purchased Explore Insurance you should
                                                   weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be         carry the Master Certificate leaflet with you,
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Bring           unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the
your money in US$ cash or Travellers                                                                 which outlines the conditions of the policy
                                                   weather worldwide can be found by following       together with a copy of your Confirmation
Cheques.                                           the BBC weather link on this page.
Where to Exchange: Banks or ‘Forex’ offices                                                          Invoice, which is your proof of purchase of
in main towns/cities.                                                                                insurance. Explore Worldwide are an
                                                   Visa Requirements                                 Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine
ATM Availability: ATMs are available in main       Holders of the UK, AUS, NZ, CAN and several
towns/cities.                                                                                        Limited, who is authorised and regulated by
                                                   EU country passports can enter the United         the Financial Services authority.
Credit Card Acceptance: Major credit cards         States without a visa under the Visa Waiver
are widely accepted.                               Program (VWP) if they hold a machine
Travellers Cheques: US Dollar Travellers                                                             Know Before You Go
                                                   readable passport. They must also be              We strongly recommend that you check your
cheques can be changed anywhere or used            entering the country by sea or air on a carrier
as cash, although local stores are not keen                                                          government’s travel advisory for up-to-date
                                                   participating in the visa waiver scheme,          information and advice about your
to change anything over $50.                       holding a return/onward ticket. As well as        destination including safety and security,
Up-to-date information re:global exchange rates    being machine readable, if your passport was      local laws and customs, entry requirements
can be obtained at https://www.currency-           issued on or after 26 October 2005, it must       and health. For UK Foreign and                               contain both a digital photograph of the          Commonwealth Office Advice follow the link
                                                   holder and also an integrated circuit chip that   at
Meal Plan                                          stores biographic information.
Local Food and Drink: 5 breakfasts, 3                                                                Lone Parents
lunches and 5 dinners are included on this         From 12 January 2009 all passengers               Single parents or other adults travelling alone
trip; please be prepared to pay for all other      travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver       with children should be aware that some
meals. Prices quoted are correct as of the         Programme must provide their details online       countries require documentation confirming
date this dossier was originally issued but        no later than 72 hours prior to travel. British   that the individual has authority to travel with
may change at any time due to currency             travellers who have not registered before         the minor. It is crucial that you contact the
fluctuations. Please note that costs for           their trip are likely to be detained and sent     relevant country embassy for further
drinks and meals can vary depending on             home. In addition to passport information,        information on exactly what may be required.
location and the prices below are given as an      you must also supply the full address of your     These details can be found on the Foreign &
average guide only.                                first night’s accommodation in the USA. This      Commonwealth Website under the
                                                   information can be obtained from your joining     appropriate country
                          UK            USA        instructions which are sent out approximately
Tea/coffee              £1.20        US$2.00       3 weeks before travel.
Soft drink               0.80           1.25
                                                   For more information, and to apply online,
                                                                                                     PACKING FOR YOUR TRIP
Bottle of Beer           2.50           3.50                                                         A complete list of clothing and personal gear
Breakfast                3.50           4.00       please visit the following website at             is contained in Explore’s ‘General Information
2 Course Meal*          10.00          15.00 Once obtained, the      Booklet’, available only after a booking has
3 Course Meal**         18.00          30.00       application will be valid for a period of two     been accepted. Here we make a few specific
Bottle of wine          10.00          30.00       years, or for the validity of your passport       recommendations with regard to your tour.
*Cheap local fare in a small cafe or               (whichever is shorter). At present, US
restaurant.                                        authorities do not propose to levy a charge       Luggage: Bring only the bare essentials, -
**Typical food in a simple, reasonably             for this service, although they have reserved     one main bag plus daysac for walking and for
comfortable mid-range restaurant.                  the right to consider doing so in the future.     personal items. Please note that main
                                                                                                     luggage cannot be accessed during the day.
Tipping                                            For more information about who is eligible for    Soft luggage is more practical. Bring plastic
Local Staff: Although entirely voluntary, in       the VWP, or any other questions you may have      bags to keep things dry. Total allowance:
this area, tipping is a recognised part of life.   regarding your eligibility, or machine readable   30lbs/14kgs, as it is stored in a trailer and
Local staff will look to members of the group      passports, please contact your local consular     you must be able to lift it.
for personal recognition of particular services    office, or visit
provided. A minimum of 15 - 20% tipping is                                                           Clothing: Pack essentially for ‘Hot Conditions’
expected in restaurants.                           Other nationalities should consult the            for July and August departures, otherwise
Tour Leader: At your discretion you might          relevant consulate.                               pack for ‘All Tours’. Dress is informal. A warm
also consider tipping your tour leader in          All visa information is subject to change. You    fleece or sweater is essential for cooler nights
appreciation of the efficiency and service         should confirm all visa related issues with       in the desert or at higher altitudes. Include a
you receive.                                       the relevant Embassy prior to departure.          long sleeved shirt and warm trousers. Also a
                                                                                                     lightweight waterproof jacket, swimwear,
Other Sightseeing                                  Vaccinations & Protection                         sunglasses and a sun-hat.
The following excursions and/or activities are     Nothing compulsory, but we recommend
usually available and may be arranged locally.     protection against tetanus and polio.
                                                                                                     Footwear: Lightweight walking/hiking boots
Estimated costs are provided below for             Special Note: Visa and vaccination
                                                                                                     with good ankle support, trainers and/or
guidance only, are on a per person basis           requirements are subject to change and
                                                                                                     sandals for travelling.
unless shown otherwise, and may depend on          should be confirmed before departure.
the number of participants. Prices quoted are                                                        Equipment: Bring a water bottle, high factor
correct as of the date this dossier was            The above is not an exhaustive list.
                                                   Further information regarding vaccinations        sunblock, plastic bags to keep things dry and
originally issued but may change at any time                                                         a (head) torch and a towel for camping. Bring
due to currency fluctuations.                      and travel health advice can be found by
                                                   following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at            a 2 (temperature 0°C to 5°C) or 3-season
GRAND CANYON Helicopter overflight        and        (temperature –5°C to 0°C) sleeping bag (a
approx. US$150-210, Plane overflight approx        from your local healthcare provider.              sleeping-sheet is useful). A good-quality self-
US$120; IMAX cinema US$13.                                                                           inflatable thermarest is provided. You may
BRYCE CANYON Horse riding approx US$55             Electric Supply and Plugs                         find a walking pole useful.
(1.5 hours). Children must be at least 10          For comprehensive information regarding
years to ride inside the canyon (5 years and       voltages and plug types in use in the             Please note: Sleeping bags can be hired/
can ride outside the canyon).                      countries visited, follow the relevant link at    locally for approximately $40 if you do not
PAGE Antelope Canyon excursion US$35                 want to bring your own. Please ask your
LAS VEGAS Limo ride along the strip                                                                  Tour Leader on arrival.
US$130 p/hr (between 14).                          Insurance
                                                   Travel insurance is compulsory for all            Need help on clothing or equipment?
                                                   bookings. You must take your policy               Then we suggest you contact Nomad Travel, our
                                                   document with you on tour, as your tour           equipment partner, who specialise in kitting
PRACTICAL INFORMATION                              leader will ask to see this at the start of the   people out for adventurous travel. You receive a
                                                   trip. Your documentation must state in writing    special 10% discount in-store or online. Visit
Seasonal Climate                                   that you are the named policyholder and that      one of their stores, phone 0845 260 0044, or
There is considerable variation in                                                                   visit their website
temperature year round, accentuated by the         the cover is valid for your period of travel.
                                                   Your policy document must also indicate that      explore for further information.
altitude. Blessed by clear skies for the
                                                   you have medical expenses and emergency

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GENERAL INFORMATION                             Please find below some space for you to make notes
Area: 9,631,418 sq. km.                                         regarding your trip...
Population: 290 million.
Language: English.
Religion: Protestant (56%), Roman Catholic.
(28%), Jewish (2%), Muslim (1%).
Local Time: GMT -7.
Electric Supply & Plugs: 120v with flat blade
attachment plug and flat blades with round
grounding pin.
Recommended Maps: Most tourist
information centers and National Parks will
have maps available for their specific areas.
Alternatively Rand McNally produce maps for
each state.
Recommended Books: Dee Brown Bury ‘My
Heart at Wounded Knee’, Bill Bryson ‘Made
in America’, Ian Frazier ‘Great Plains,
Between Sacred Mountains’ (overview of
Navajo history and culture), Quinta.

             Your Transport
This tour utilises maxiwagons which can
carry up to 14 passengers plus a driver.
Space inside is limited so we try to rotate
seating positions regularly. Luggage and
equipment are carried in a trailer towed by
the van. Most of the maxiwagons use bio-
diesel, although bio-diesel filling stations
are not available everywhere and not all
of the maxiwagons we may use work on

                      To book please call 0844 499 0901 •
For bookings outside the UK please contact your local travel agent representing Explore.   Page 4 of 4