Trade the road for the sky as you visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Kings Canyon national parks among other top destinations during our customized Mauiva AirCruise ™ aboard a chartered, 29-seat twin turboprop plane. From Los Angeles, fly hassle-free in and out of private airport terminals where our private motorcoach meets you on the tarmac to whisk you off on exciting adventures. During this magical journey, explore some of America's magnificent national parks and walk through Muir Woods, a majestic red wood forest. You will visit the spectacular California Academy of Sciences. Savor fine, locally sourced cuisine in San Francisco and enjoy a wine-tasting in Sonoma Valley. And before returning to Los Angeles, tour Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. By minimizing your travel time between sites in a private plane, you’ll see and enjoy a vast panorama of the American West in just nine relaxed, comfortable, and fun-filled days. Along the way, our expert naturalist provides insight into the remarkable geographic diversity you will witness, along with commentary on the challenges of sustaining our spectacular natural heritage.Check out our slide show for a photo journey of this tour!
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Day 1 – Los Angeles
Check in to the LA Hotel
in downtown Los Angeles after 4 p.m. Meet your study leader and tour director for a private lecture and welcome dinner at the hotel (R,D)Day 2 – San Francisco
Depart early this morning aboard your chartered aircraft. Once in San Francisco, your motor coach meets you on the tarmac at the Oakland International Airport for a scenic drive across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. Visit the California Academy of Sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum under a living roof. Continue to the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace where shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest of local fish, representing the quality and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s best chefs. This afternoon, enjoy a classic San Francisco Bay boat tour, and dine at one of San Francisco’s fine restaurants. Accommodations for the next two nights are at the Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf
. (B, D)Day 3 – San Francisco
Enjoy a lecture by your study leader at the hotel this morning before departing for Golden Gate Bridge and Park. The Bridge connects San Francisco to California's northern counties. With its tremendous 746-foot tall towers, sweeping main cables, signature International Orange color, and Art Deco styling, it is a sensory experience featuring color, light, and sound. Visit Muir Woods, a coastal redwood forest named in honor of conservationist John Muir and donated to the federal government in 1908 to protect it. Continue to Sonoma for a delicious lunch sourced from local ingredients, a wine tasting and informative winery tour before returning to San Francisco late this afternoon and dinner on your own. (B,L)Day 4 - Kings Canyon
Board your private aircraft this morning for a short flight to Fresno, where your motor coach awaits to transport you to Kings Canyon National Park, a magnificent valley carved by glaciers out of granite. A few miles outside the park, Kings Canyon deepens and steepens becoming arguably the deepest canyon in North America for a short distance, with a maximum depth of 8,200 feet. Descend into the canyon to Cedar Grove, where you will have a choice of short hikes through stands of sequoias. Accommodations for the next two evenings are at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clovis
. (B,L,D)Day 5 - Yosemite National Park
Spend today in magnificent Yosemite National Park. First protected in 1864, Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, are deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. From our base in the Lower Yosemite Village area, choose among short hikes to Bridalveil Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls or that popular Cooks Meadow or Mirror Lake trails. (B,D)Day 6 - Las Vegas
Fly to Las Vegas this morning and enjoy a hop on hop off bus tour of the world-renowned strip. Later today, enjoy the unique Freemont Street experience, a pedestrian mall occupying the westernmost 5 blocks of Fremont Street. Look upwards to a unique, 90-foot high barrel vault canopy where the city’s genius for neon lighting is on full display, with a mesmerizing sound and light show that “dances” down the canopy’s full 1500 feet length. Accommodations for the next two evenings are at the Luxor Hotel
. (B,D)Day 7 - Grand Canyon
Board your aircraft for a short flight to the Grand Canyon, where you will spend the day touring for multiple viewpoints of this powerful and inspiring landscape, which overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. (B,D)Day 8 - Hoover Dam
Visit Hoover Dam, a massive concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Built as one of the great public works projects during the Great Depression and dedicated in 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the dam’s construction utilized new and groundbreaking technologies and now provide power for utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Sample the surprising diversity of Nevada’s desert landscape with a visit to the Cactus Botanical Garden, boasting three acres of more than 300 different kinds of plants, including Teddy Bear Cholla, Texas Prickly Pear, Spotted Aloe and many unusual species. Return to Los Angeles this evening. Accommodations are at the L.A. Hotel
. (B,D)Day 9 - Los Angeles
The tour concludes with check-out by 11 a.m.Mauiva AirCruise shall not be responsible for any delays or changes in itinerary that are cause by events beyond the control of Mauiva AirCruise, including but not limited to such events as inclement weather, natural disaster or other acts of God, legal or regulatory mandates, strikes, closures, accidents, civil commotion, and equipment or communication failure (a “Force Majeure Event”).
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