West Coast USA Geography and Earth Sciences

9 days/8 nights

From only £1299pp

Overview

9 days/8 nights From only £1299pp

Take your students on a once in a lifetime educational experience. During the tour you’ll discover the contrasts between the fun, multi-cultural city of San Francisco and the surreal, neon lit skyline of Las Vegas. Plus see some of the world’s most beautiful breathtaking natural scenery. Yosemite Park is a geographer’s dream with cascading waterfalls, glaciers and rivers, and the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world.

What's included in the trip?

  • Return scheduled flights
  • Accommodation on a half board basis
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Travel. Explore San Francisco.

  • Day 2

    Guided tour of San Francisco Investigate Hazard management, tourism and urban issues. Highlights: Golden Gate Bridge; Fisherman’s Wharf; California Academy of Sciences. Overnight in San Francisco.

  • Day 3

    Fieldwork in Yosemite National Park Investigate Arid environments; fluvial systems, extreme weather. Highlights: Mirror Lake; El Captain and the Granite DomesOvernight in Oakhurst.

  • Day 4

    Continue fieldwork in Yosemite National Park. Overnight in LA.

  • Day 5

    Explore Los Angeles Investigate: World cities; Tourism; Cultural diversity; Coastal systems Highlights: Hollywood; Sunset Boulevard; Venice Beach. Overnight in LA.

  • Day 6

    Travel to Las Vegas. Investigate: Tourism. Highlights: Hotels and entertainment. Overnight in Las Vegas.

  • Day 7

    Fieldwork in Grand Canyon National Park Investigate: Tectonics; Fluvial systems Highlights: Iconic geographical site; visitor centre and Rim Trail. Overnight in Kingman.

  • Day 8

    Excursion to Hoover Dam. Investigate: Water; Supply/conflict; hazard management. Highlight: Dam. Overnight in Las Vegas.

  • Day 9

    Return flight to the UK.

Accommodation

Enhance your trip

  • San Francisco is famous for its architecture, culture, rolling hills and many landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Cable cars. Los Angeles is a bustling and highly influential world leader of business, entertainment and culture. Both these cities have so much to see and do that a guided tour is essential to see it all!
  • Home to the Rich and Famous, take a trip to this high-end shopping paradise where you are bound to bump into stars galore!
  • Tours begin at the wonderful VIP Tour Center with a special introductory film to the world of Warner Bros. Groups of 12 load onto electric carts that take guests onto the studio lot for an exclusive tour through one of Hollywood’s most famous motion picture and television studios.
  • The Getty Center in Los Angeles presents the Getty’s collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views.
  • Walk among the stars quite literally, along this stretch of pavement dedicated the Hollywood greats.