Western Explorer

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5.0 Based on 21 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Explorer
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 13
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts San Francisco, USA
  • Ends Las Vegas, USA
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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  • Five breathtaking national parks
The "Western Explorer" tour starts in San Francisco and ends in Las Vegas. It is an explorer trip that takes 12 days taking you through Yosemite National Park, Monument Valley, Las Vegas and 6 other destinations in the USA. "Western Explorer" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

A medley of man-made and natural wonders are on full display on this popular tour of Western USA. Yosemite Valley and the Grand Canyon are rivalled only by the power and beauty of the Navajo's sacred Monument Valley. Hike under the world's largest sandstone cliffs at Zion Canyon, observe strange landscapes in Death Valley, and gaze upon the ever-changing colours of Bryce Canyon. Adventure awaits around every corner in the most geographically diverse region of the United States.
5 - Excellent
Based on 21 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 15 2019
5 - Excellent
A wonderful trip!
“I travelled with my 23 yr old daughter and we had a great time. Lots of superlatives which have been covered by reviewers below, so I will not repeat them, but suffice to say that this trip exceeded both our expectations in terms of the amazing variation in landscape in the iconic National Parks visited, and the diversity of activities - ranging from exciting hikes, to laying on the ground in Death Valley looking at the Night Sky. Never a dull moment - and our guide inserted little surprises at regular intervals.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 29 2018
5 - Excellent
The National Parks
“Very busy , hugely interesting itinerary. Some quite breathtaking scenery, with opportunities for physical activity in order to experience it more fully. Very good tour leader, experienced, knowledgeable and well organised. Tour group (9 of us) , various ages and experiences, combined well. A great experience.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 29 2017
5 - Excellent
Incredibly impressed
“As a family we have done many trips with Exodus in Africa (various countries), Canada and most recently my parents attended the Western Explorers trip in America to see Yosemite, Bryce Canyon and The Grand Canyon which Exodus arrange in partnership with Grand American Adventures.We have always found Exodus trips to be incredibly well planned and organised, ensuring that you see the very best parts of the areas you are visiting in the timescales available. The trips are ideal because there is no hassle involved for the traveller and you are guaranteed to meet like-minded people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the experiences with. This particular trip was no exception.I write this review however to say a huge thanks to both Exodus and Grand American Adventures as they were absolutely fantastic to my parents and the family back home in England when my father suffered a serious and unexpected illness and had to be rushed to hospital.With specific mentions to Bethany, Monica and the tour guide Charlie, who all went out of their ways to ensure that lines of communication between us, the insurance company and the hospital were clear and effective, to provide my parents with support and to give the family back home piece of mind at what was a very difficult time for us. We will be forever grateful. There is absolutely no doubt that you will be in safe hands with this team.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 15 2017
5 - Excellent
Western Explorer depart 30 April
“Overall an excellent trip. There are a couple of full days driving but this is necessary to cover the number of locations in the itinery”
  • Day 1: San Francisco is a city which the locals are fiercely proud of and for good reason.
  • Day 2: Yosemite National Park
  • Day 3-4: Walking in Yosemite N.P.
  • Day 5: Drive across Tioga Pass and on to Death Valley N.P.
  • Day 6: Make your way to Utah and your destination for today - Zion National Park.
  • Day 7: Walking options in Zion N.P. including Angel's Landing and The Narrows.
  • Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Day 9: Monument Valley
  • Day 10-11: From Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon National Park
  • Day 12: En route to Vegas you’ll travel a section of the original Route 66 and visit Seligman, a town full to the brim with Americana wares.
  • All accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • All transport and listed activities
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to San Francisco and from Las Vegas are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Western Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Western Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 91 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 90 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 23 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 January 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 90 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Western Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Western Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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