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Cross-Curricular in West Coast USA

11 Day Study Experience Tour from £1699 per student
Departing: Throughout 2018 & 2019
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With its spectacular and contrasting landscapes, the USA's West Coast is an ideal choice for an unforgettable tour for your students.

Study Experiences has established an exclusive tour programme for school and college students which combines great sights with fascinating educational experiences. The Joshua Tree National Park is home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. The Grand Canyon South Rim, a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Its amazing landscape offers spectacular vistas, majestic rock formations and exquisite waterfalls. A visit to the Glen Canyon Dam is followed by Bryce Canyon, known for some of the most colourful rock formations in the world which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars called ‘hoodoos’ and other fantastic forms. Iron oxides give red, yellow and brown tints to the limestone, while manganese oxides lend a lavender hue.

A million years of water flow has cut the red and white beds of Navajo sandstone that form the sheer walls of Zion National Park which is viewed from the bottom looking up. After time in Las Vegas explore the Hoover Dam by taking a Power Plant Tour followed by a visit to the Valley of Fire.

Death Valley contains a very diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons and mountains. Yosemite National Park offers breathtaking views and natural variety of plants and animals and encompasses the Falls, the famous El Capitan and Half Dome granite monoliths, and foggy Bridalveil Falls. The overall scenery is spectacular, views of sheer granite walls, ice-sculptured domes, thundering waterfalls, alpine peaks, giant sequoia trees and glaciers.

On arrival in San Francisco you’ll first visit the California Academy of Sciences followed by a tour of the city’s highlights including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Visiting attractions and free time in a new environment with their fellow classmates builds confidence and strengthens relationships between students. Expanding your students’ cultural awareness makes for a valuable and memorable experience.

What the price includes

  • Scheduled direct flights from London to Los Angeles & San Francisco to London*
  • 1 checked bag (hold luggage) per passenger
  • Coach transfers throughout the itinerary
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Services of a professional Tour Guide throughout your tour
  • Itinerary as stated with visits/admission to: Joshua Tree National Park, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon Dam, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Death Valley, Yosemite National Park and the California Academy of Sciences
  • Highlights tour of San Francisco
  • 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students
  • All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
  • 24 hour emergency cover and support

*Please note your trip can be done in reverse i.e. arrive San Francisco, depart Los Angeles

11 Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Los Angeles - Transfer to accommodation - Overnight in Palm Springs

Day 2 - Visit the Joshua Tree National Park - Overnight in Williams

Day 3 - Visit the Grand Canyon then continue on to Monument Valley - Overnight in Kayenta

Day 4 - Drive to Page to visit the Glen Canyon Dam followed by Bryce Canyon - Overnight in Bryce Canyon

Day 5 - Visit the Zion National Park then on to Las Vegas - Overnight in Las Vegas

Day 6 - Visit the Hoover Dam then continue on to the Valley of Fire - Overnight in Las Vegas

Day 7 - Visit the Borax Museum and then Death Valley - Overnight in Mammoth Lakes or Visalia

Day 8 - Visit the Yosemite National Park - Overnight in Modesto

Day 9 - Visit to the California Academy of Sciences followed by a highlights tour of San Francisco - Overnight in San Francisco

Day 10 - Free time in San Francisco before your transfer to the airport - Overnight flight back to the UK

Day 11 - Arrive back in the UK

More information about some of the included visits:-

Grand Canyon

Both breathtaking and overwhelming at the same time, the 1.6km deep and 16km wide Grand Canyon is a testament to 2,000 million years of geological history. Nearly as alluring as the canyon is the powerful Colorado River snaking its way through.

Bryce Canyon National Park

This National Park is a red-rock wonderland where the landscape is unique with contrasting colours, textures and rock layers.

Yosemite National Park

Famous for its plunging waterfalls and massive granite faces, this unparalleled parkland was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Covering more than 1,100 square miles, it features unforgettable natural beauty, from the sheer walls of Yosemite Valley to the alpine beauty of Tuolumne Meadows.

Hoover Dam

Constructed over 5 years during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam is undoubtedly one of the greatest engineering accomplishments in human history. Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century it is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet. Your students will explore the Dam during a Powerplant Tour discovering everything from its history through to its mechanical components.

Zion National Park

This park may be located in the desert, but the terrain is anything but barren. Formed by millions of years of erosion, its exceptional rock formations and verdant valleys have created an out-of-this-world landscape.

Further Information

Your Flight Arrangements

We use the scheduled services of airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines or Delta Air Lines. Please see approximate timings below for flights from London (please note that these flight timings are purely for guidance). Flights are also available from regional airports at a supplement.

Outbound: Depart - London Heathrow 1540hrs, Arrive - Los Angeles 1540hrs
Inbound: Depart - San Francisco 1815hrs, Arrive - London Heathrow 1130hrs (the following day)

Please note that your inbound flight is overnight, departing during the evening and arriving back in the UK the following morning.

Your Accommodation

We have selected good standard accommodation for throughout your tour, a mixture of inn’s, lodge’s and hotels which are appropriate to the overnight stops in the itinerary.

Most accommodation consists of two double beds, a private bathroom, colour television and telephone. Students are accommodated on the basis of four sharing a room. Teachers are accommodated either on the basis of two sharing a room or, for a supplement, in single rooms.

Your Meals

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. Breakfasts will be either continental or American. Your Tour Guide will be on hand to advise suitable options for lunch and dinner according to the itinerary.

Your Tour Guide in the USA

A professional Tour Guide will accompany your group throughout the tour. Always on hand to give advice and to manage your day-to-day arrangements, they will ensure that your group gain the very most from their visit to the West Coast.

Group Size

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 30 students. Prices can be quoted for larger or smaller group sizes on request.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students.

Our most popular travel periods for student groups are during October, November, February and June when places visited are less crowded and prices are more competitive. Travelling during the February and October half terms can be more expensive due to flight and accommodation availability, therefore should you be planning on travelling during these periods, we recommend that you contact us to plan your tour as early as possible to ensure we still have availability for your preferred travel dates.


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