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  • Los Angeles
  • Laughlin
  • Flagstaff
  • Tuba City
  • Bryce canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Bakersfield
  • Fresno
  • Modesto
  • San Francisco
Making travel accessible to all, that has been our lifelong goal at Connections since day one. With this self-drive through Western USA, where you explore mythical cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, The States also become affordable to anyone. You discover beautiful national parks like Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Sequoia and of course Yosemite. And all this at an attractive price. Bet there will even be some budget left for additional experience to  top it all such as a helicopter flight over Grand Canyon for instance or a visit to one of the famous amusement parks in Los Angeles?
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Day 1 - Los Angeles

You land in Los Angeles. You have plenty of time to discover Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Venice Beach!
Standard Hotel:  Quality Inn and Suites Montebello
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Day 2 - Los Angeles > Laughlin (450km)

You drive east. En-route you can visit Joshua Tree National Park.
Standard Hotel:  Tropicana Hotel and Casino
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Day 3 - Laughlin > Flagstaff (290 km)

Prepared for Grand Canyon? Expect the best. Views of this mythical place will stay with you throughout your life MAke them even more awe-inspiring? Fly over Grand Canyon by helicopter (at surcharge).
Standard Hotel:  Greentree Inn
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Day 4 - Flagstaff > Tuba City (130km)

Todays you enjoy the bigger part of the day exploring the canyon before you head towards Tuba City.
Standard Hotel:  Quality Inn Navajo Nation
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Day 5 - Tuba City > Bryce Canyon City (365 km)

You drive through the Navajo areas and have a choice of visit spoilt for choice of places to see and visit: Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon or Monument Valley. At least you spend the night in Bryce Canyon.
Standard Hotel:  Bryce View Lodge
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Day 6 - Bryce Canyon City > Las Vegas (423 km)

While enjoying Bryce Canyon for a while to come, Las Vegas is undoubtedly already playing on your mind. Arrive after sunset and experience the magic of Sin City. Bet your boots Las Vegas will be tempting in more than just one way..
Standard Hotel:  BW Mardi Gras Inn (Bed only)
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Day 8 - Las Vegas

Walk on The Strip, take a gamble and / or attend a show. In Las Vegas millions of impressions hit yuo from all directions/ One thing is certain; you will not have the time to even get bored.
Standard Hotel:  BW Mardi Gras Inn (Bed only)
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Day 8 - Las Vegas < Bakersfield (460 km)

Leave the city of gambling and head towards Bakersfield. You can make a detour and add another national park to your palmares: Death Valley National Park.
Standard Hotel:  Quality Inn and Suites
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Day 9 - Bakersfield > Fresno (180 km)

You can recognize the giant trees in the Sequoia National Park from afar and you will undoubtedly be flabbergasted by the sheer size of the giant General Sherman Tree. Feel free to let these magical forests fill your canvas of your dreams at night.
Standard Hotel:  Days Inn Yosemite Area
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Day 10 - Fresno > Modesto (160 km)

The last national park of your trip is certainly not the least: Yosemite. The gigantic rocks, the mighty valley and waterfalls will blow your socks off. You are only a short drive away from Modesto.
Standard Hotel:  Clarion Inn Conference Center
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Day 11 - Modesto > San Francisco (144 km)

You drive to San Francisco where you spend the next 2 nights.The time has come to take a Cable Car, see the Golden Gate Bridge and of course visit the Alcatraz Prison (optional).
Standard Hotel:  Embassy Hotel
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Day 12 - San Francisco

ENjoy an additional day of San francisco to do those activities the queues were too long for yesterday, hop on the cable tram, visit the aquarium or just sit on the dock of the bay and watch the tide was away.
Standard Hotel:  Embassy Hotel
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Day 13 - San Francisco > Santa Maria (423 km)

Along the Pacific Highway you will discover picturesque cities such as Monterey and Big Sur. Take a look at the California beaches and dream away near the Pacific Ocean. You round of the day at historic Santa Maria's best spots.
Standard Hotel:  Days Inn
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Day 14 - Santa Maria > Los Angeles (255km)

You check-in at your last hotel of your itinerary, here in Los Angeles. Want to do some more shopping or surfing at the beach? Enjoy this last day as you see fit

Standard Hotel:  Quality Inn and Suites Montebello
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Day 15 - Los Angeles

End of an awesome tour through west USA.

Universal Studios Hollywood One Day Pass

 Full day

A must for movie lovers! A tour ‘behind the scenes’, shows, roller coaster rides based on movie themes… In one word: awesome!.

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Universal Studios Hollywood One Day Front of the Line Pass

 Full day

Thanks to your Front of the Line Pass have reserved seats for each show. And you pass in front of those holding a regular day pass on your first-time ride on any attraction in this paradise for movie lovers! A tour 'behind the scenes', shows and rides in movie themes ... you will experience an exciting day.

Please note: Prices of the Front of the line Ticket at peak season vary and are €265/ticket!

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Grand Canyon - Full Day Rafting

 

Are you ready for the experience of your life? Then choose one of our unique rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River that rises in the Rocky Mountains runs through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Rafting on the Colorado River is an incredible and unique experience. Not only are you in the middle of the Grand Canyon and you have beautiful views during the rafting trip. The Colorado River is also great for rafting. Depending on the season you experience a rapid level between 3 & 8 here! You can be proud of the adrenaline rushing through your body! This is bucket material at its best!
The rafting full day trip takes you to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where you will experience different rapids with a raft. The first 16 kilometres are intense, after which the river becomes calmer and you can enjoy the views. Along the way you make a stop for a short walk to the Travertine Falls and enjoy a picnic lunch on the edge of the Colorado River. Your local raft guide belongs to the Hualapi Indian Tribe and will guide you through this experience.

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Grand Canyon - 2-Day rafting incl. overnight stay in the Grand Caonyon

 2 days

Are you ready for the experience of your life? Then choose one of our unique rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River that rises in the Rocky Mountains runs through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Rafting on the Colorado River is an incredible and unique experience. Not only are you in the middle of the Grand Canyon and you have beautiful views during the rafting trip. The Colorado River is also great for rafting. Depending on the season you experience a rapid level between 3 & 8 here! You can be proud of the adrenaline rushing through your body! This is bucket material at its best!
During this trip you stay 2 days on the Colorado River in the heart of the Grand Canyon. During this excursion you will experience 2 rafting trips. An active trip through the rapids with the paddle ready and a quieter part where you can sail deeper into the Canyon by motorboat. In the evening you pitch your tent in the heart of the Canyon and enjoy a delicious dinner with your local native Hualapi Indian guide who will tell you many stories. You will enjoy the unique setting under a beautiful starry sky for sure. The next day you have time for some walks in the canyon before taking you by boat down the rest of the river.

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Bryce Canyon on Horseback

 1h30

Looking for a fun way to explore Bryce Canyon manageable for all? How about a  scenic ride on horseback along the highlights of this national park? On your programme are Dixie National Forest, the edge of the Water Canyon amphitheater and the Sinking Ship peak. Perfect and powerful! Fancy longer rides? Half day and full day tours are also available.

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Los Angeles Hop on Hop Off 24 h.

 24 hours

With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below:

  • RED ROUTE: Hollywood & Beverly Hills 
  • YELLOW ROUTE: Beverly Hills & Santa Monica
  • PURPLE ROUTE: Downtown Los Angeles
  • GREEN ROUTE: Venice & Marina Del Rey 
  • BLUE CONNECTOR Universl and Hollywood Bowl
  • ORANGE CONNECTOR: L.A Hotels & Marina Del Rey
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Red Rock Canyon Tour

 4 - 5 hours

Just past Vegas you will find a stunning nature park, Red Rock Canyon. The ideal way to explore it is off-road by 4x4. Get ready for awesome desert landscapes and red sandstone rock formations.

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San Francisco Alcatraz Island Cruise & Tour

 3 hours

Visit one of the most legendary state peneteniaries in the world. During the Alcatraz Island Cruise & Tour you set sail to the inhospitable island where you can enjoy an impressive tour.

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San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay

 Full day

You discover the wealth that lies beneath the surface of San Francisco Bay. You walk through tunnels where more than 20,000 sea creatures can be seen in the clear water.

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San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

 90 min.

During a 90 'boat ride you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz while you hear terrifying stories of shocking escape attempts by notorious prisoners and the rough life on the island.

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San Francisco California Sunset Bike Tour

 +/- 3 hours

Admire San Francisco Bay and the surrounding hills in the beautiful evening lights. You ride along the San Francisco Piers, through Crissy Field and past Fort Point towards the stunning Golden Gate Bridge. Comes 3 pm , the western side of the bridge along the ocean is exclusively reserved for cyclists. You return via the historic Presidio. The route is about 19 km long.

PS. You can also rent an e-Bike for a surcharge of €27.

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San Francisco Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

 +/- 3 hours

During this scenic ride you bike along the Bay Trail and see Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Mason, The Marina and Presidio. Your guide tells you fun facts and provides fascinating information about everything you see. You also cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, from where you will see Alcatraz and Angel Island.

PS. You can also rent an e-Bike for a surcharge of €26.

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San Francisco Hop on Hop Off 24 h.

 24 hours

With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below:

  • Downtown Tour
  • Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Tour
  • Golden Gate Park & Beach Tour
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San Francisco Californian Vineyards Full day

 Full day

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide.

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San Francisco Californian Vineyards 1/2 Day

 1/2 day

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide.

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San Francisco Wine & City Tour

 1/2 day + 24 h. pass

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide. With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below: Downtown Tour, Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Tour, Golden Gate Park & Beach Tour. 

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Hotels & Meals

Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.

Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.

The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • 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.

Insurances

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. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

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)!

Time Zones

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.

Currency

Currency

US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (18/09/2019)

Payment Methods
  • 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.

Climate

Average Temperatures (°C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Francisco 13 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 21 18 14
Las Vegas 14 17 21 26 31 37 40 39 34 27 19 14
New York  3  5 10 16 22 26 29 28 24 18 12  6
Miami 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 27 25
Chicago -1  2  8 15 22 27 29 28 24 17 9  2
Washington DC  6  8 13 19 24 29 31 30 26 20 14  8

What's included?

  • 14 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
  • Your digital roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)

What's not included?

Your international return flight and car rental.
The total to be paid will depend on your travel dates/class and the size and category of your rental car.

Standard Price per person


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