Canada & USA National Parks

Tour departs: 5 August 2018
Tour length: 25 Days


Tour Departs – 5 August 2018.

Tour Length – 25 Days.

The National Parks region of Western Canada and the USA offers some of the most spectacular scenery you will encounter anywhere in the world – magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks, lush green valleys far below, deep and wide canyons carved out millions of years ago, rugged and dramatic landscapes – not forgetting the variety of wildlife and flora that inhabit the region. Majestic, awe-inspiring, supernatural, unforgettable – some of the words that best describe the vistas that await you.


Tour Highlights Include:

  • Vancouver, a wonderful city dominated by mountains and the sea
  • Victoria, Vancouver Island, famous for its beautiful gardens and old-world charm
  • Cruising by ferry between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle
  • Seattle, on Puget Sound, home to Starbucks and Boeing
  • Glacier National Park, a wonderland of beauty and home to the “Going To The Sun” road
  • Missoula Montana, the garden city in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains
  • Grand Tetons National Park with 9 peaks over 12,000ft high
  • Jackson Wyoming, where the gunslingers “shootout” every evening in the town square
  • Yellowstone National Park, a pristine wilderness and wildlife refuge
  • Salt Lake City Utah, located on the salt plains and headquarters for the Mormon Church
  • Lake Powell on the Utah/Arizona border with spectacular desert scenery as a backdrop
  • Bryce & Zion Canyons, dramatic pinnacles and spires
  • Grand Canyon, one of the wonders of the world
  • Las Vegas Nevada, the city in the desert that never sleeps
  • Yosemite National Park, incredible glacial grandeur in the Sierra Nevadas
  • San Francisco California, city on the bay, cable cars, Nob Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf



Sunday 05 August

Home – Vancouver (D)

We join our flight to Vancouver, and cross the International Dateline en route arriving into Vancouver early afternoon of the same day. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 2 night stay. The remainder of the day is free to rest up and relax after the flight. Let’s enjoy dinner together tonight.

Monday 06 August

Vancouver (B)

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, a very beautiful city. Highlights include the lovely Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Bay and Park, English Bay, Gas Town and the downtown area. The afternoon is free.

Tuesday 07 August

Vancouver – Cruise to Victoria (D)

An early start this morning as we join the ferry to take us across the Straits of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Opportunity to breakfast aboard. Victoria is the ‘City of Gardens’ from the flower bordered lawns of the Parliament building to the baskets decorating the lamp posts. A must see during the day is the world famous Butchart Gardens, a place of fragrant beauty extending over Japanese, Italian and English gardens linked by lawns and water displays. We return via the spectacular marine waterfront drive to Victoria for an overnight stay.

Wednesday 08 August

Victoria – Puget Sounds – Seattle (B,D)

A mid morning departure from Victoria as we join our 90 minute cruise to Port Angeles where we continue our journey scenic by coach to Seattle skirting the inland waterways of fjords, islands, inlets, towns, villages. Puget Sounds are a perfect backdrop. We enjoy a 2 night stay in Seattle.

Thursday 9 August

Seattle (B)

Morning sightseeing tour of Seattle, the Emerald City, both conservative and tranquil. The coastal mountains and many islands give Seattle one of the most beautiful settings of any city in the USA. A must during the morning tour is a visit to the Pike Place Market with its many open air food stalls and renowned for its exuberant seafood-slinging fishmongers. And let’s not forget the coffee break – a national obsession in Seattle, the home of Starbucks.

Friday 10 August

Seattle – Coeur D’Alene (B,D)

Today we travel across the Cascade Range and Washington State into the Idaho “Panhandle” for an overnight stay at Coeur D’Alene located on the northern shore of the lake of the same name. The serenity of the lake and its beautiful surroundings has earned Lake Coeur d’Alene a reputation as a “little slice of heaven”.

Saturday 11 August

Coeur D’Alene – Glacier National Park (B,D)

We continue our journey eastwards and cross the border into Montana and into Glacier National Park. The park covers an area of over 1 million acres and boasts 300 lakes and mountain ranges that reach for the sky. Our overnight accommodation is at East Glacier Park Lodge.

Sunday 12 August

‘Going To The Sun’ Road – Missoula (B,D)

Today is a very special day. This morning, our coach take us north through the park to Rising Sun. There we join the famous 1930s classic restored “Red Bus” for the 3 hour journey along one of North America’s most spectacular highways, the “Going To The Sun” Road which crosses the Continental divide and the 6,664ft high Logan Pass. Enter a wonderland of Alpine scenery where sculptured peaks have left 50 glaciers. Lakes, green forests and meadows dominate the landscape. At Lake MacDonald, we have time for lunch before rejoining our tour coach for the journey through to our overnight stop at Missoula, known as the Garden City.

Monday 13 August

Missoula – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (B.D)

From Missoula, we travel south through Montana and across the border into wild and rugged Wyoming for another tour highlight, a 2 night stay in Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park and a treasure-trove of wildlife, flora and spectacular scenery which draws visitors from all around the world.

Tuesday14 August

Yellowstone National Park (B,D) – Full Day Tour

We spend the full day in Yellowstone, home to thousands of active thermal features including renowned “Old Faithful” geyser, spectacular falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls, pristine mountain range wilderness, an open refuge for wildlife including grizzly bear, elk, American Buffalo, moose and wolf. It is a spectacular place.

Wednesday 15 August

Yellowstone – Jackson (B,D)

Leaving Yellowstone, we continue south through Wyoming with the towering peaks of the Grand Tetons watching over us. Our overnight stay is in the western town of Jackson, – look for the longest running “shoot-out” which happens most evenings in the town square; take a stroll downtown and look for swing-door saloons and boardwalks

Thursday 16 August

Jackson – Salt Lake City (CB,D)

Today’s journey travels alongside some of Wyoming’s most beautiful mountain ranges before crossing the border into Utah where we arrive in Salt Lake City for a 2 night stay. The city was founded by a group of Mormon pioneers lead by Brigham Young in 1847 and is spectacularly set at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains.

Friday 17 August

Salt Lake City (B)

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city which is the headquarters of the Mormon Church. See the beautiful residential areas, historic monuments including Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle, the Governors Mansion and the State Capitol. The afternoon is free – maybe take in the lunchtime organ recital at the Tabernacle (if scheduled).

Saturday 18 August

Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon (B,D)

We continue our journey exploring Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s like entering another world filled with pink, orange and red sandstone spires of a great amphitheatre, a fantastic landscape of fairytale castles and cathedral all carved by mother nature. Zion reveals a spectacular cliff-and-canyon landscape and wilderness where towering cliffs and massive canyon walls will take your breath away. Our overnight stay is at Bryce Canyon City.

Sunday 19 August

Bryce Canyon – Page, Lake Powell (CB,D)

We continue our journey south through Utah with the painted desert as a backdrop to the Glen Canyon Dam spanning the Colorado River and backing up its waters to form magnificent Lake Powell. Its meandering shoreline dividing Utah and Colorado boasts incredibly deep blue waters filling thousands of tiny coves. Our overnight stay is in the Arizona city of Page located atop a mesa with dramatic views over the lake. This evening, we enjoy the unforgettable sunset dinner cruise.

Monday 20 August

Lake Powell – Grand Canyon (B,D)

Today we cross the ‘painted desert’ with its ever-changing colour and home to the Navajo Indians. We arrive at the world famous Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, 277 miles long, 10 miles wide. We enter the park and drive along the scenic drive with a stop at the lookout for spectacular views. Our overnight accommodation is located just a half mile from the rim of the canyon – witness the sunset as the canyon walls are painted in warm yellows, golds and reds

Tuesday 21 August

Grand Canyon – Las Vegas (B)

Some free time this morning before we continue our journey across the vast colourful Mojave desert driving along parts of the famous Route 66 before arriving in the mecca of entertainment and glamour, Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps, for a 2 night stay.

Wednesday 22 August

Las Vegas (B)

A totally free day today. Do as little or as much as you want to. Relax and enjoy the facilities of your resort, take a stroll along The Strip, maybe a tour to Lake Mead. This evening, why not enjoy one of the spectacular shows for which Las Vegas is renowned.

Thursday 23 August

Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes (B,D)

Todays drive take s us through the Mojave Desert and into the Eastern slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada. We arrive in Mammoth Lakes for an overnight stay at this popular ski resort, a gorgeous landscape of lakes and mountains.

Friday 24 August

Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park (CB,D)

This morning we drive over the Tioga Pass into beautiful Yosemite National Park, one of America’s most popular tourist attractions. Nine magnificent waterfalls cascade into the Yosemite Valley, giant sequoia trees add to this vast natural wonder complimented by grand meadows and vast wilderness areas. Our overnight accommodation is close to the park

Saturday 25 August

Yosemite – San Francisco (B)

We descend down the slopes of the Sierra Nevadas and travel through the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, home to world renowned wineries. Our touring ends as we cross the Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in the “city on the bay”, San Francisco for a 2 night stay.

Sunday 26 August

San Francisco (B,D)

Visually spectacular, historically colourful, one of the most attractive and popular cities in the U.S.A. Our morning tour includes downtown area Nob Hill, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Bridge and Fishermans Wharf, where we stop for lunch. The remainder of the day is free. This evening, we get together for a final dinner.

Monday 27 August

San Francisco – Home (B)

The day is free until our late afternoon transfer to the airport where we join the overnight flight, crossing the International Dateline en route.

Wednesday 29 August

Arrive Home this morning.


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Tour Costs

Tour Costs

Sharing twin or double accommodation: $17,995
Supplement for single accommodation: $4,750

Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point – upgrade to Business class available at additional cost.
  • All prepaid airport and government security taxes / fuel surcharges as at 01.09.17.
  • Superior tourist/first class hotel accommodation.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary CB or B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.
  • First class air conditioned coach transportation for all touring.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of a tour manager and local guides for touring and sightseeing.
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
  • Tips to local guides and coach drivers.
  • Fully escorted from New Zealand.

Costs Exclude
  • Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance (assistance and advice will be offered).
  • Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, drinks, telephone charges etc.


“If you’re interested in visiting the US National Parks, this is the tour. Do it now!”
– Valerie Moran

“Glacier National Park, Zion National Park, and Grand Canyon were my tour highlights and our friendships which developed with the rest of the party. In my opinion it exceeded my expectations.”
-Matt Hunter

“You must be doing things right! This is our fifth Maher Tour.”
– Bevan and Margaret Bradding

“All the National Park areas were highlights. Enjoyed the 9am starts without early morning rush to have breakfast. Boeing visit, Las Vegas experience, and LDS recital were very memorable.”
-J&M A

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