b'YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK GRAND TOUR OF AMERICA|YOUR ITINERARY Days 1-3 - London, San Francisco and Yosemite National ParkWe fly from London Heathrow to vibrant San Francisco, where we spend two nights. On Day 2s guided tour we see the Golden Gate Bridge, which was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was built in the 1930s. Continuing, we see popular Fishermans Wharf before cruising to the famous island of Alcatraz. Once an escape-proof maximum security prison housing notorious criminals such as Al Capone and the fascinating Birdman of Alcatraz, today Alcatraz is a fascinating public museum. We board an Amtrak train on Day 3 for a journey inland, to Merced. From here, we take a coach to nearby Yosemite National Park, one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the United States, known for its deep valleys, tumbling waterfalls and ancient, towering trees. We enjoy a tour of the valley floor, taking in views of Half Dome, a well-known rock LAS VEGAS formation with a unique shape. We also see the 3,000-foot El Capitan, a huge rock face popular with rock climbers, and the spectacular Bridalveil Falls. We return to Merced, where we spend the night.Days 4-6 - To Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam and FlagstaffWe board our Amtrak service to Bakersfield today, continuing across the desert to Las Vegas by coach. On arrival, we check into the famous Park MGM hotel for two nights, staying on the bustling Las Vegas Strip. On Day 5, youre free to explore incredible Las Vegas at your own pace, and theres plenty to occupy yourself with here. The Las Vegas monorail is a great way to discover the fantastic sights and spectacles of the Las Vegas Strip and its variety of resorts, with top-class shows, excellent restaurants, and an extraordinary selection of entertainment to choose from. On Day 6, we head across Nevada to Arizona, via the Hoover Dam. Entering Arizona, we take the legendary Route 66, following this famous road until Flagstaff, where we spend two nights at the Little America Hotel, set amidst 500 acres of ponderosa pine forest. MONUMENT VALLEYDays 7-9 - The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and DurangoWe enjoy a return journey on the Grand Canyon Railway today. Travelling in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives, we wind our way towards one of the worlds most awe-inspiring sights, the Grand Canyon. The canyon, created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is up to 18 miles wide, a mile deep, and is one of the most visited sites in the US. We arrive at the South Rim and the main viewpoint of the canyon, where we enjoy some time to take in the vistas. On Day 8, we drive through Navajo country and Utahs Monument Valley - familiar as the rugged setting of many Western movies. The region presents the imagery of a bygone era, where cowboys spend lonely months herding cattle across miles of untouched hills and Native Americans perform age-old rituals. Enjoy views of the wild scenery as we make our way to Durango, where we spend the night. We board the Durango and Silverton Railroad on Day 9 for a journey through breathtaking canyons, DURANGO past emerald-green rivers and dense forests. The line connects Durango AND SILVERTON with the mining town of Silverton and has been in continuous use since RAILROAD its inception more than 130 years ago. We continue by coach to Grand Junction where we spend the nightDays 10-13 - California Zephyr to ChicagoWe set out on one of the USAs most scenic rail journeys today, travelling aboard the California Zephyr from Grand Junction to Chicago. We arrive into Chicagos Union Station on Day 11, and youre free to begin exploring the city. One must-try for visitors is Chicago-style deep dish pizza. By no means your traditional Italian-style pizza, this delicious pie-like dish is made with layered cheese and chunky tomato sauce encased in a high crust, and served in many iconic eateries across the city. Enjoy another free day on Day 12. On Day 13, we explore Chicago further on an guided sightseeing tour, seeing many of the incredible sights of the 70 USA'