A trip to America, with me? What an explicit idea! Together we will discover the amazing nature and go to the place where the gold-diggers found their fortune. 3 weeks long, we'll drive through the enormous wells, uhm I mean The Grand Canyon and the Bryce Canyon! We could go eat in those awesome hamburger places in LA! You now, where all the famous people have a star on the floor with their name on it. What else are we going to do? We are going to visit the largest trees, an Eifel Tower that isn't in Paris and some real Indians. If you are a big fan of the movies, you are going to LOVE this vacation. Our trip starts in Hollywood! I promise you, our trip through America is going to be legendary! I'm already EXCITED! Your mate, Casper
Day 1 > 3 - Los Angeles
Our journey starts in Los Angeles, thé city of movie stars. We will take a drive down Beverly Hills to stare in awe at the stars of the, huh, stars and see one of the oldest cinemas in America on the Walk of Fame. Straight from a time when the actors and actresses were speechless! Obviously we will head to the beach as well in particular Venice Beach and Santa Monica. We promiss, those eaches are awesome! And in the Griffith Observatory (you soon find out what that is! 😊) we are going to prove that the Earth is spinning. Huh? Yup!
Day 4 - Los Angeles > Kingman
Ok, let's leave L.A and all its glamour and glory for now and travel via the super famous road - Ha no no no no no we won' t disclose which one - towards the interior, even the past. on your programme ? A real gold miners area and maybe even a visit to a ghost town! How about that?.
Day 5 & 6 - Kingman > Grand Canyon National Park
Staring at an enormous crack in the ground. Is that what you are supposed to be excited about? Sounds downright boring, doesn't it? Well, not exactly. Grand Canyon is an absolute must-see from the rim, one of the trails or even from the skies by helicopter! We bet your walking boots it will be mind-boggling.
Day 7 - Grand Canyon National Park > Monument Valley
To most of us cowboys and indians are just characters in Western movies, but that is only because they haven't visited Monument Valley! This is the home of a real, live Indian tribe: The Navajo. make sure you put on your cowboy hat as you are about to be and feel real part of a Hollywood movie!
Day 8 - Monument Valley > Bryce Canyon National Park
Gosh we have seen some stunning things and met some genuinely strange people under the sun, haven't we? So maybe it is time for a break and discover what beauty is hiding below the surface. Antelope Canyon is the perfect place to do just that. Say hellow to the Lady of the Wind, will you. No idea who that is? Just wait and see!
From Antelope Canyon you can expect the spot for the selfie of all US selfies at Horseshoe Bend, a superb place that appears in thousands and thousands of magazines and photo books.
Day 9 - Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is another unique piece of nature. As you walk between the towering Hoodoos (The... I beg your pardon? Yes you heard it right, Hoodoos. Isn't that about to be the funniest word of your whole trip!) you will not know which one to pick first for its strange shape or colourful attire. And pssss don't miss the sunset at Sunset Point!
Day 10 - Bryce Canyon National Park > Las Vegas
Spend another day in Bryce Canyon or - definitely worth the effort - a plunge into Zion National Park? Or neither, rather go straight to the most dazzling US city of all: Las Vegas? It's all up to you.
Day 11 - Las Vegas
One day to explore Las Vegas. Imagine! And there is so much to discover! Tell us, have you seen a roller coaster in a hotel before? And how about an erupting volcano? Or fountains that spray over 130 meters high? Ah see, voilà. Better make an early start! Luckily you can count on us. Check out our map of Las Vegas main street: the Strip.
Day 12 - Las Vegas > Death Valley
Today we are going to one of the hottest places on earth. It is mega dry, ultra hot, giga immense and very special. Can you guess it's name? 'Death Valley', that's right. Sounds creepy, and it IS too! Haha! Open my book and discover where that name comes from. All based on a true story!
Day 13 - Death Valley > Mammoth Lakes
Time to cool off as we drive from the dry heat of Death Valley towards the paradise waters of Mammoth Lakes, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada with its snowy peaks! So sparkling clean, and you can choose to go on a canoe trip if you want. It's just a hint! 😉
Day 14 - Mammoth Lakes > Yosemite National Park
Get ready for one of California's most beautiful national parks (where you may come across bears!) It is exciting, awesome and yet wonderfully peaceful. Ideal for a walk or even to write a poem! (What? Homework? Yes, but I'll explain it ...) Oh, and if you didn't meet El Capitan yet: here's your chance! Where can you find this famous El Capitan? Standing like a rock almost 100% vertical and about 900 meters high. You must be kidding. You cannot possibly miss it 😉
Day 15 - Yosemite National Park
A second day in this beautiful park i perfect for a visit to its giant trees. It may sound like a fairy tale, but, cross our hearts, they really exist.
Day 16 > 18 - Yosemite National Park > San Francisco
San Francisco! The city of Apple Computers, Netflix, but also good food, beautiful houses and a super-strict prison on an island. Yes, and we're going to visit that too!
And while we are there why not head towards Fisherman's Wharf and see the sea lions sunbathe and try to eat soup out of a bowl of bread instead of porcelain? And did I mention the Painted Ladies? We will meet them there too! And and and... we just have to take that perfect selfie near the most famous bridge in the world: the Golden Gate bridge. Just to send it to friends and make them turn green with envy.
Day 19 - San Francisco
Today your 'selfdrive' ends (self-driving; driving yourself. Got it?), so return the rental car. Your options? If you have plenty of time, why not stay a few extra days or even go on another selfdrive?. If not, don't worry. Your suitcase is packed with incredible stories and a diploma ! (but I can't give all the details away, so it will have to remain our secret for now 😉).
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car.Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.
Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.
No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!
The United States span 4 time zones:
- Eastern (- 6 h)
- Central (- 7 h)
- Mountain (- 8 h)
- Pacific (- 9 h)
Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am. The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (01/01/2020)
- A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
- You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.
Average Temperatures (°C):
- 18 nights accommodation in standard hotels
- A Casper Brits roadbook per child
What's not included?
Your international flights, the car rental, the admission to the national parks, additional excursions (pre-bookable excursions marked as tips that intensify your experience), tipping, all non-listed meals, beverages and personal expenses.
Standard Price per person