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
updated with amendments to the formations. CANYON NP
following sections: Other sightseeing , ZION N.P. Walks in the park. Optional horseriding
, ADMISSION TO ALL STATE & NATIONAL LAKE
ZION NP POWELL
PARKS AS LISTED.
As our itineraries may be amended from KAYENTA
time to time, either for operational reasons V i Helicopter ride
or in response to feedback from The Colorado plateau lies at an average LAS Lake & walks MONUMENT
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
www.explore.co.uk. Of course we will notify region is one of the most sparsely populated CALIFORNIA
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 http://www.explore.co.uk/ emissions through Climate Care, or a similar
ResponsibleTourism/ offsetting scheme.
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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
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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 http://www.explore.co.uk/
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
express.com/explore/ contain both a digital photograph of the Commonwealth Office Advice follow the link
holder and also an integrated circuit chip that at http://www.explore.co.uk/Traveladvice/
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 www.fco.gov.uk/travel
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 https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. 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 www.usembassy.org.uk
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 http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ 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 http://www.explore.co.uk/Traveladvice/ 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 www.nomadtravel.co.uk/
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.
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
Recommended Maps: Most tourist
information centers and National Parks will
have maps available for their specific areas.
Alternatively Rand McNally produce maps for
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.
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
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