Flights direct with British Airways. Transport mini bus with trailer for luggage and equipment.
2 nights 3 star hotels, and 10 nights camping in modern campsites with washing facilities; high quality camping equipment provided (excluding sleeping bag).
Camping offers pure solitude and spectacular views; some sites are even located within the national park boundaries, although expect more basic facilities at these - we're staying in true cowboy country! Accommodation in San Francisco and in the Great Basin Desert will be in clean, comfortable three star hotels/lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Plenty of opportunities for swimming in natural lakes and rivers (Merced River in Yosemite, Emerald Pools in Zion N.P. or Lake Powell) and occasional swimming pools; Las Vegas and Yosemite.
All meals included while camping; room only in San Francisco and Great Basin Desert.
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures (GAA), as such the group may be a mixture of Exodus and Grand American Adventure clients.
This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. GAA operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.
This is a busy tour aimed at families travelling with children aged 8 and over. You will need to be reasonably fit to do some of the hikes, but all are optional day walks and there are a variety of routes and trails for all abilities.
Please note that due to federal laws in the Grand Canyon N.P your tour leader can't hike with you. They will, however, prepare you for all available walks. The leader will also advise those who do not wish to participate of the other options available in the area. Some of the areas are remote and hiking or relaxing will be the only possible entertainment, so you should be prepared for this.
The trails vary a great deal - in the more developed parks they are well maintained and defined, whilst in the remote parks we might be following a sandy, rocky creek bed or hike cross country over open desert terrain. Crossing shallow streams (Zion) can be expected. Most of the walking is at moderate altitudes and therefore should not cause any altitude-related problems. Hiking options in Yosemite are quite varied and can be strenuous. This tour will visit many of the most famous National Parks.
Driving distances are considerable but we have tried to ensure a steady pace with time for relaxing. On several of the days we will leave early.
Please do note that the West is a big place and the distances might seem long compared to Europe! While camping, members of the group are expected to fully participate, including erecting and dismantling your own tent, shopping for and preparing meals and washing up after meals.
Normal group size and age
Normally 5 to 13 plus leader/driver. Minimum age 8.
Going on a Family Group trip is a fantastic way to meet new friends and create lasting friendships – for parents and children alike! These holidays combine exploration with sociability and fun, as other families will join you. Minimum ages vary across the trip range, but is usually from 5 years old.
Exodus is always looking to improve our current itineraries and to offer something different. With many new trips this year, there is something unique and different to try every year.
Mixed Activities: Activities may range from the ordinary (for example walking, cycling or whitewater rafting) to the damn right extraordinary (including caving, camel riding or canyoning).
Culture: Let Exodus show you a different side to many of the world's greatest cultural attractions.
All Exodus trips are active but some may have different activities scheduled every day. Activities we offer include kayaking in Slovakia, trekking in the Drakensberg, cycling in the Tuscan countryside or canoeing along the Zambezi River.