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America's Canyonlands & Desert Southwest

Bizarre and outsized geographical treats, ancients cultures and some great hospitality. Welcome to America's south west!

  • United States of America

  • 13 nights
  • Breakfasts, eleven lunches & four dinners
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Landscape

    Wildlife & Nature

  • May

    Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 4

This is a Grade 4 moderate  holiday which includes  walks with plenty of breaks with an element of sightseeing, There are many outstanding walks through beautiful scenery on the holiday. It is generally the case that the pace of walking will be relaxed as at every turn there is an amazing geological feature to be marvelled at. The walks are often short with a few different trails be taken in one day.  The maximum altitude that we reach on this holiday is 8017 ft/2444m at Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon. 

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore six diverse National Parks and the Navajo tribal lands – so many experiences wrapped into one holiday.
  • Marvel at Bryce Canyon’s ‘hoodoos’ from the rim and valley below.
  • Discover Monument Valley backcountry with our private Navajo guide; travel by 4x4 and on foot.
  • Enjoy alpine views across Zion National Park.
  • Observe towering arches and obscure rock formations in Arches National Park
  • Discover the ruins of Pueblo Indian villages on Mesa Verde
  • Start and end your trip in the desert neon city of Las Vegas
  • Learn from our local driver guide throughout for expert knowledge on the trails.

America is known as the home where portions are big but when talking about America’s beautiful national parks, their brand of super-sizing has never looked so good. Especially in the desert southwest. Each day serves up a multitude of different views, diverse scenery, obscure rock formations, Navajo culture, and a network of walking trails that are as beautiful as they are dramatic.

You begin in the bizarre neon city of Las Vegas, before leaving the bright lights behind in favour of the alpine valleys of Zion National Park. Here you discover a labyrinth of narrow canyons, steep walls, and amazing rock formations resembling cathedrals, temples, spires, and altars. 

A short drive away is Bryce Canyon National Park, which is not actually a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheatres along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. ‘Hoodoos’ (irregular columns of rock) cover the area which can be admired from the rim, before walking into the belly of Bryce Canyon where they tower above. The whole experience must be something like landing on the moon.

Next up is Arches National Park, where the main feature is, well, arches. More than 2,000 natural sandstone arches can be found here making it great for walking and photography. Around Canyonlands National Park, you walk the rim trail culminating in that iconic view of the Colorado River from Dead Horse Point.

In Colorado you hike to the lesser-visited Pueblo Indian ruins of Mesa Verde, followed by a visit to the sacred tribal lands in Monument Valley for a backcountry 4x4 and walking adventure; all this accompanied by a Navajo guide for cultural insights.

The main event is perhaps the Grand Canyon; possibly the most famous geological feature in the world. You have an afternoon to follow the rim trail and marvel at the setting sun, followed by a walk below the rim. This trip ends back in Vegas - a grand finale to an unforgettable trip!


  • Return flights to Las Vegas (Virgin Atlantic or British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast in good standard hotels
  • All lunches plus four dinners
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All local transport costs for walking and sightseeing excursions.
  • The services of a local driver guide through out
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

44750

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Las Vegas

Accommodation

You fly to Las Vegas. The flight time is approximately 10 hours. The transfer time is relatively short and depending on traffic it should not take much time to reach your hotel where we overnight.

Day 2

Zion National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    260m

This morning with a transfer to Springdale where you stay for two nights. The journey takes about 3hrs, not including the stops made along the way. En route, you stop at Snow Canyon State Park for lunch which features a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains. 

Springdale is the gateway to Zion National Park where you will discover a labyrinth of narrow canyons, steep walls, and amazing rock formations resembling cathedrals, temples, spires, and altars. Depending on the arrival time, you may be able to enjoy a short introductory walk along the Virgin River.

Day 3

Zion National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today you set out to walk the Emerald Pools Trail, focusing on the lower and middle pools with the option of ascending to the upper pool. All hikes lead to sparkling waterfalls and glistening pools. Majestic sights can be seen all along the trails, including views of Lady Mountain, the Great White Throne, Red Arch Mountain, and cliffs in all directions. 

Day 4

Bryce Canyon National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    270m

The day begins with a short journey (90 mins) so you will have plenty of time to explore the highlights of Bryce Canyon National Park with its delicate sedimentary rock pinnacles, arches, and spires from our base by the park entrance (1nt). Bryce offers many trails through, around and amongst ‘hoodoos' - natural pillars created out of sandstone by the action of wind, rain, and ice. 

You will walk the Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden with the option to extend onto Peek-A-Boo.  This is your chance to walk amongst a canyon full of hoodoos, arches, and other interesting shapes. This truly is an unforgettable trail.

Day 5

Moab

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

You have a morning departure to Moab to stay two nights. The journey is about 5-6 hours with stops, through stunning and ever-changing scenery. There is plenty to see on the way and you will be stopping regularly to enjoys the views, short trails, coffee and comfort stops. Moab is a welcoming town with a great selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. You head straight to Canyonlands area for a short and easy rim walk and the incredible vistas of Dead Horse Point; here we observe that iconic view of the Colorado River snaking through the canyon.

Day 6

Moab

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

You will walk in the Devil's Garden in the Arches National Park and in the surrounding area. Arches certainly rivals Bryce for otherworldly scenery. We take in a selection of naturally formed rock arches. Names like Landscape, Wall, Navajo, Partition, Double O, Private, Pine Tree and Tunnel perhaps give some idea of what to expect. You will not see every arch in the park, there are well over 2000, but we aim to show you the most impressive!

Day 7

Mesa Verde National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

Begin the morning along the Grandstaff Trail to Morning Glory Bridge, travelling alongside a scenic canyon and finishing at a stunning 243ft long natural bridge – the 6th largest natural rock span in the US. Later, continue to drive about 2hrs to Cortez for two nights just outside Mesa Verde National Park on the Colorado Plateau.

Day 8

Mesa Verde National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

Today is spent in Mesa Verde Park, established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and dedicated to protecting America's ancient manmade treasures. There are more than 4,000 archaeological sites within the park. Explore some of these by coach and on foot, including a guided ranger visit to one of the cliff dwellings, which can involve ladders.

Day 9

Kayenta - Monument Valley

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

You travel about 3hrs to Kayenta (one night) situated just outside Monument Valley, immediately recognisable to anybody who has seen a Hollywood western circa 1950's. On arrival you can enjoy a 4hr jeep tour in Monument Valley’s, Mystery Valley. The tour is led by a Navajo guide who can share insight into Navajo culture and history with you.

Day 10

Tusayan - Grand Canyon National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

You leave for the Grand Canyon with a stop en route visit to Desert View. The drive to Desert View will take around 2.5 hrs with a further 45 mins to the south rim. The Grand Canyon is truly immense, and nothing can prepare you for the experience of seeing it for the first time. The Colorado River has cut through many layers of rock over the millennia giving rise to the distinct colourful banding. You head directly to the South Rim, to walk the Rim Trail, ending in time to watch the sunsetting over the Rim – truly something quite spectacular.

Day 11

Tusayan - Grand Canyon National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Today you can choose to discover at your own pace. Many opt to walk to Ooh Ah Point on the South Kaibab Trail which is located by Yaki Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, about a 10-minute shuttle from the Grand Canyon visitor’s centre. Each step of the hike offers breath-taking views, culminating with the ultimate panorama at Ooh Ah Point.

Day 12

Las Vegas

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

You drive back about 4hrs 30mins to Las Vegas (one night), the gambling capital of the world. There will be some time for sightseeing in this brash and artificial wonderland, which is in complete contrast to all the natural beauty you have just seen but completes the American travel story.

Day 13

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

You have some free time before our transfer to Las Vegas Airport for the overnight flight to the UK.

Day 14

Arrive back home

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th May 2025 - 24th May 2025 (13 Nights)

28th Sep 2025 - 11th Oct 2025 (13 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick or Heathrow to Las Vegas (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
  • Airport transfers by road c.45mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.



Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Golden Nugget Hotel

The Golden Nugget Las Vegas casino and resort provides plush, comfortable rooms Each offers a separate vanity area off the marble en suite bathroom, pillow-top mattress, 40-inch flat-screen cable TV, bathrobes, white linens and rich wood and leather furnishings. Guests can relax in lounge chairs on the poolside terrace or sauna. Slots and tables are featured in the on-site casino. Massage services are featured in the Spa. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, poolside bar and lounge area. There are nine restaurants and two Starbucks are onsite.

Fairfield Inns & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Virgin Zion National Park features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and shared lounge. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a terrace and to a hot tub. Air-conditioned rooms offer a desk, coffee machine, fridge, microwave, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with shower.

Best Western Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel is family-owned an situated close by Bryce Canyon National Park. Despite its rural location it offers amenities such as shops, restaurants, pool and a cinema. Rooms are equipped with a TV, air conditioning, coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Hyatt Place Moab

The Hyatt Place Moab has a quirky design in keeping with the surrounding distinctive rocky landscape. It is ideally located for our programme of walks. Downtown Moab only a mile away and the Mesa Verde National Park five miles away. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre, restaurant and bar. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, fridge, coffee machine, hair dryer and complimentary WIFI internet throughout.

Holiday Inn Express Cortez

Comfortable and convenient, the Holiday Inn Cortez is ideally located to allow us to explore the Mesa Verde National Park. The facilities include a spa and wellness area and WIFI internet is provided throughout. Rooms are equipped with iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini fridge, microwave, tea and coffee making facilities, TV and telephone.  

Hampton Inn Kayenta

Hampton Inn Kayenta offers a restaurant, a gym and an outdoor pool. All guest rooms include free Wi-Fi and feature South-Western inspired décor. All rooms include cable TV. The Reuben Heflin Restaurant serves Navajo or Western-style fare. The menu includes black bean and Southwestern chicken and Navajo fry bread.

Red Feather Lodge

Well located close to the entrance of the Grand Canyon South Rim park entrance, the Red Feather Lodge comprises of two distinct buildings, a motel and a hotel. Our groups will be accommodated in the hotel section. Facilities include laundry facilities, fitness room, coffee available in the lobby area 24hrs, a nearby restaurant and seasonal outdoor pool with jacuzzi. Rooms are equipped with TV, radio, hairdryer, coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, fridge and microwave. Complimentary WIFI internet is included but access can be limited due to its rural location.


OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

OYO Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is a refreshing change from mega-casino hotels  in Las Vegas. The hotel offers a pool you won’t want to leave and sleek spaces with every convenience. The hotel is located at the south end of the Strip, close by the major sights.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 4 moderate  holiday which includes  walks with plenty of breaks with an element of sightseeing, There are many outstanding walks through beautiful scenery on the holiday. It is generally the case that the pace of walking will be relaxed as at every turn there is an amazing geological feature to be marvelled at. The walks are often short with a few different trails be taken in one day.  The maximum altitude that we reach on this holiday is 8017 ft/2444m at Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon. 

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in United States of America

United States of America use US Dollar. 

Tipping

Tipping is a part of life and expectations are fairly high. The drivers accompanying the tour on transfers and excursions tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of local life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions. Should you wish to tip our American colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of $3 per day for each of our drivers. In restaurants it is customary to add a 15% tip to the bill throughout North America. 

It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are from London Gatwick to Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways. 

Travel in America will be by road and foot.

The transfer from Las Vegas airport to Las Vegas will take approximately 30mins

 

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information for United States of America

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

The VWP (Visa Waiver Programme) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. 

All travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries the internationally recognised e-passport symbol on the front cover.

You won’t qualify for entry to the USA under the VWP, and will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, if:

- you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’

- you’ve been arrested for certain crimes, even if it didn’t result in a criminal conviction

- you’re a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria

- you’ve travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011 

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy.

If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. 

Those travelling under the VWP arriving by air or sea should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta).

If you’re arriving by land, you don’t need to complete an ESTA before you arrive at the border. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc). 

The VWP is intended to be used for occasional, short visits to the US. If a US immigration officer thinks you’re trying to ‘reset’ the clock by making a short trip out of the US and re-entering for another 90-day period, you can be denied entry. If you travel from the US to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean you can usually re-enter using the ESTA and admission stamp you were issued when you first arrived in the US, although the time you spend outside of the country is included in the 90 days allotted for your visit. Make sure you’re clear about the length of time the immigration officer has authorised you to remain in the US if you re-enter under the same ESTA.

When you arrive in the USA you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends. Further details on the VWP and other aspects of US immigration rules are available from the Customs and Border Protection website. 

The US Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen you can now register to get a UK background check on GOV.UK. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.

Meals

In more remote places the meal selection may be more limited and you may not find a large number of fresh items are available. As this is America portions sizes should always be adequate. All breakfasts, eleven lunches and four dinners are also included during the holiday; please see the itinerary schedule for details. Remaining meals are not included, but there are always plenty of dinning options to suit all budgets. On nights where dinner is not included the leader will make a reservation at a local restaurant for those that still prefer to eat together. Nobody is under obligation to join the group if they prefer not to.  

Lunches will be picnic style taken in various locations along the trail.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. You will be sent an accommodation list with air tickets about three weeks before departure. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in United States of America

Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United States of America

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to the US.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Zika virus also exists in the US; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy. You should also take precautions against Tick bites, particularly in Eastern USA.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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United States of America

  • Capital

    Washington D.C.

  • Currency

    United States Dollar

  • Language

    English; Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00 to -10:00

  • Flight duration

    11hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 68mm

  • February

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • April

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 81mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • September

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • October

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • November

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • December

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

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