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Depart London Heathrow – 15:05
Arrive Seattle – 16:40
Journey Time – 9 hours 35 minutes
We do not recommend collection of your rental car at the airport on arrival. Take one of the metered cabs from the airport to your Seattle Hotel. We recommend this as you will be tired and will only pay high fees (Approximately $40 per night) to park the vehicle during your 3 days in the city. Of course if you do prefer to collect it on arrival or would like us to arrange someone to meet you at the airport and provide a private transfer to your hotel, this can be done for an additional cost. Your unique and stylish hotel affords the perfect location to explore everything that Seattle has to offer, so get a good night sleep and be ready for tomorrow!
Overnight – Seattle
Today you have a full day in Seattle for seeing the sights. We suggest that the first thing you do this morning is head down to lively ‘Pike Place Market’ where there are a huge range of restaurants and it’s a great place to eat breakfast whilst either overlooking the sea or just watching the marketers set up their stalls. After breakfast, why not take a ‘Hop on, Hop off’ city tour (there is a stop just outside the Pike Place Market) – this, in our opinion, is one of the best ways to get your bearings in a new City. Stops on the tour include the downtown shopping district, Seattle Center, Waterfront and Pioneer Square. Also, whilst in Seattle, the ‘Underground Tour’ is a must! Located just off Pioneer Square, this is a leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, the guides regale you with the stories pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with a twist!
Check what time happy hour is at the fabulous Lola Restaurant located at the Hotel Andra, we had a fabulous selection of mini delights for a bargain price sat outside watching life go by, well worth it, the mini burgers in a bun were immense! Tom – Leicester.
Overnight – Seattle
Today the choice is yours… Discover some more of the many delights this vibrant city has to offer such as:-
Space Needle and Exhibition Park area
Boat tour on Puget Sound/Elliot Bay/Union Lake
The Museum of Flight and/or Boeing Factory
Music Experience Museum
Ferry tour to the San Juan Islands
‘Ride the Ducks’ (tour Seattle by land and water)
Alternatively, you may wish to take a day trip to San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor (from/to Seattle by ferry) – including a whale watching cruise – Total tour length is approx 11.5 hours (Tour not included). Cruise through the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands and escape to Seattle’s secret playground! You will ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for the day. On this 3.5-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy beautiful island vistas and a multitude of marine wildlife before landing at Friday Harbor, a beautiful destination that’s a must see, filled with wonderful beaches, shops and other fun attractions. As part of your voyage to the San Juan Islands take a 2.5-hour whale watching cruise and view where orcas and minke whales make their homes. You’ll then have 2-hours to sightsee and shop at Friday Harbor before returning to Seattle later that evening. If you would like us to add this excursion for you just tell us at time of booking (from £75 pp).
Overnight – Seattle
Seattle to Winthrop
This morning you will collect your rental car from a convenient downtown location rather than having to go back out to the airport, as is the case with many rental companies. Please ask about the additional cost for the in-car satellite navigation that will guide you along your route, many of our clients say Sat Nav be it your own unit or a rented one is an invaluable addition to any fly drive holiday and we would have to agree.
On your way to Winthrop, you will travel along the North Cascades Highway in Washington – National Geographic calls this ‘one of America’s grandest and most spectacular drives’… We’re confident you’ll agree as you travel over Washington Overlook Pass in North Cascades National Park and on to Winthrop. The glaciers in North Cascades National Park are up close and personal and so are jagged peaks, deep valleys and cascading waterfalls. There are so many dramatic waterfalls in this National Park that it was named for the endlessly rushing water that laces its mountainsides. The three million acre preserve was specifically established to protect the snowfields, glaciers, and alpine meadows of the high mountain country against any lumbering operations – leaving a pristine road less travelled for visitors to enjoy. Winthrop looks like it just stepped out of a Western movie set – and is home to the oldest legal saloon in Washington State.
Overnight – Winthrop
Sun Mountain Lodge
Today enjoy spending some time in & around the cowboy town of Winthrop – known for the American Old West design of all the buildings in town, popular activities include rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, horse-back riding, hunting and fishing, golfing, and sight-seeing. Winthrop is the perfect gateway from which to discover the delights of nearby North Cascades National Park – head back west – & be sure to visit each of the Visitor Centres to give you a full range of information about this vast and varied park. The North Cascades National Park Visitor Center located at milepost 120 of the North Cascades Highway features a relief map of the park and surrounding area complemented with multimedia exhibits about the Park’s natural and cultural history. The North Cascades National Park Headquarters Information Station expands the focus of the exhibits to the surrounding National Forests. The Golden West Visitor Center and Ranger Station features a gallery with works by local artists. Glacier Public Service Center features the natural and cultural history of the Mt. Baker District of the park.
Sun Mountain Lodge can be an attraction in itself. There are over 100 miles of trails for hiking and many other outdoor activities available on the 3,000 private acres occupied by the Lodge.
Overnight – Winthrop, WA
Sun Mountain Lodge
Winthrop to Chelan
66 mile drive then 25 minute Float Plane from Chelan to Stehekin
This morning you will drive from Winthrop to Chelan & then climb aboard your transport for your short but thrilling journey from Chelan to Stehekin (approx 25 mins) aboard the classic Dehavilland Beaver floatplane. Stehekin is located in the Chelan National Recreation Area at the head of Lake Chelan. There are no roads to this tiny uplake mountain wilderness village – you must fly (or cruise) there from Chelan. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Lake Chelan Valley and the snow capped Cascade Mountains from the comfort of your float plane… There is no better way to capture the beauty of Chelan and its surrounding areas!
Your accommodation tonight is at Stehekin Valley Ranch located in the very heart of the beautiful North Cascade Mountains.
(A scheduled shuttle bus will be your mode of transport up to The Ranch – approx. 9 miles “up valley” from the head of Lake Chelan).
Note: You will have to pack a small overnight bag in order to fly to Stehekin, as luggage space on the float plane is limited.
Overnight – Stehekin
Stehekin Valley Ranch
The Ranch offers a variety of unique vacation experiences including day hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, fishing and more…
Overnight – Stehekin
Stehekin Valley Ranch
Stehekin to Sagecliffe
25 minute Float Plane from Stehekin to Chelan then 88 mile drive from Chelan to Sagecliffe
This morning take an early floatplane back to Chelan before you pick up your car and drive to Sagecliffe.
Located at the Columbia River and I-90’s spectacular entry to Washington State’s wine country, SageCliffe is a place of serenity and stunning panoramas. Blessed with 300 days of sunshine annually and four distinct seasons, this awe-inspiring destination is home to the Cave B Inn (your lodging for the night) which is a part of the Cave B Winery – so why not enjoy the opportunity for an up close and personal winery experience! Wines are handcrafted using small lots of fruit and extended barrel aging to create unique and personal wines. The winery also has spa services available for real pampering.
Overnight – Sagecliffe
Cave B Inn
Sagecliffe to Mount Rainier National Park
This morning you will head to the magnificent Mt Rainier National Park. Mt. Rainier is an active Cascade volcano encased in 35 square miles of snow and glacial ice and is undoubtedly one of Washington’s most visible icons. The state’s tallest mountain doesn’t just dominate the landscape – it defines it. As you drive through stunningly beautiful and remote forests you can photograph peaks, valleys, waterfalls, meadows and alpine lakes – this is a region that will draw you in and leave you breathless.
Paradise, famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows, is the most popular destination for visitors to Mount Rainier National Park. This is the location of the historic Paradise Inn – your lodging for the next two nights – where breath-taking views of glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and wildlife are steps away from your room.
Overnight – Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park offers excellent opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and mountain climbing. Mountain roads provide stunning views and access to a variety of hiking trails and other sites. Here, you can walk in the footsteps of the many explorers to step on the glaciers, discover life in the rain forest, hike part of the Wonderland Trail, experience sub-alpine ecology, watch clouds shroud the mountain, meander through old growth forests dating back over 200 years, visit rustic historic buildings, or listen to the glaciers crack…
Be sure to make time to explore the various Visitors Centers in Mt. Rainier National Park. Longmire is located in the southwest corner of the park, about 6 miles east of the Nisqually entrance. The Longmire Museum is open daily all year. The Wilderness Information Center opens daily from late May to early October. At Christine Falls, located four miles east of Longmire, a short walk from the pullout offers a classic view of the falls below the rustic stone bridge.
Overnight – Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier to Lake Quinault (Olympic National Park)
As you make your way to the Olympic Peninsula and Lake Quinault, right outside of Mount Rainier National Park, you can catch a ride on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad for a trip into the back country. From there, you’ll be passing through Olympic, Washington, the state’s capital, as well as Aberdeen. The drive from Aberdeen to Lake Quinault will be your first introduction to the wonders of Olympic National Park, one of the greatest true remaining wilderness forest in America. The spectacular Olympic Mountains, the centerpiece of the Peninsula, form a circular range in the central area of the park. The ice and snow covered slopes are a great contrast to the deep green forested areas of the lower elevations.
Historic Lake Quinault Lodge, your lodging for the next two nights, is nestled in the rain forest overlooking Lake Quinault. Enjoy some short easy walks or something a little more taxing. You can also rent boats and join interpretive tours before returning to the lodge. We would suggest you make a dinner reservation then enjoy a glass of wine from one of the local vineyards as you sit on the lawn overlooking the lake to watch the sun go down. This is a quite beautiful location that feels so detached from the rest of the world.
Duncan Harwood (Marketing Director at C.N.A) – “We arrived at the spectacular location of Lake Quinault Lodge. A beautiful historic building set on the banks of the lake. Sitting on the lounge chairs on the lawn gazing at the sunset across the lake with a glass of a Sauvignon Blanc from Snoqualmie can be highly recommended. The rooms at Lake Quinault are about as good as it gets with National Park Lodges. I would strongly recommend calling ahead or have us arrange dinner for you and ask for a table next to the window overlooking the lake – Even if you have to wait it’s worth it, just sit outside on the lawn a little longer with perhaps another glass of wine… After dinner you might like to wonder down to the lake shore and sit round the fire the lodge lights each night on the small shingle beach and do some star gazing – memories like that will last you a lifetime…”
Overnight – Lake Quinault, WA
Lake Quinault Lodge
Lake Quinault (Olympic National Park)
One of the most dominant features of Lake Quinault is being located within the Quinault Rain Forest, a temperate rain forest. A designated World Heritage Site and Biosphere, rests in the heart of the Peninsula, combining the rocky Pacific Ocean coast and snowy Olympic Mountain peaks with the unique rain forests of the Park’s western coastal valleys. On the western slopes, large herds of Roosevelt elk roam the temperate rain forests and the green river valleys. This is the home of some of the world’s largest trees, many draped with thick cloaks of moss, and an astounding array of mushrooms and lichens. The northern slopes are sheltered by a rain shadow that protects the lush valleys and provides the perfect climate for growing colourful, long-lasting flowers, especially lavender. You will encounter limbs of massive spruce, hemlock, fir, cedar and big-leaf maple trees. The peninsula’s rain forests simply must be seen to be believed.
Area activities include fishing (with permit from the Quinault’s), scenic drives (a loop around the lake is longer than 30 miles), and hiking. The southern side of the lake features a system of short hiking trails maintained by the National Forest Service that are accessible to casual day hikers.
Overnight – Lake Quinault
Lake Quinault Lodge
Lake Quinault to Port Angeles
As part of the Olympic National Park, the shoreline offers scenic views of mountains, glaciers, rainforests, and lots of wilderness. Whilst visiting this area a visit to Ruby Beach should definitely be on your agenda, located on the south side of the Olympic National Park, covered with driftwood and rocks it features prominent views of the “seastacks” – remains of the headlands that used to be attached to the mainland which now protrude from the sea. Ruby Beach gets its name from rose-coloured gemstone fragments found in the grey sand.
Whilst in the area we would also suggest you take side trip up to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitors Centre (90 minutes drive roundtrip from the turn off on Highway 101), deeper in the interior of Olympic N. P., to learn more about the western valleys that are drenched in more than 12 feet of rain each year – this is one of the few, and one of the largest, temperate rain forests in the world.
En-route to Port Angeles you will pass through Forks – of above mentioned ‘Twilight’ fame – then Highway 110 turns east and goes 17 miles to the coast, following the Sol Duc River to the Quileute Indian reservation and the village of La Push, or to the rugged Rialto Beach in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Rialto Beach boasts some of the most awesome views of the Pacific Coast with
easy access off Mora Road on the way to La Push. In La Push, towering sea stacks stand offshore, and the Pacific pounds the coast relentlessly. This is the ancestral home of the Quileute tribe, which maintains a nice lodging complex on the beach. Whilst in La Push you should plan time to loiter at First, Second or Third Beach. You can hike and backpack along this wild, pristine coastline for days at a time. (This is a gray-whale migration route between March and May).
Tonight you will stay in the Port Angeles – but first we strongly recommend you visit Hurricane Ridge! The wind will tell you how it got the name! Over a mile high – the ridge offers spectacular views of mountains, wildflowers, deer, black bear, marmots, and other wildlife – this is as good as Olympic gets. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Centre is located about 17 miles south of Port Angeles and is open whenever Hurricane Ridge Road is open. (As the road is quite slow you should allow at least 90 minutes to do this roundtrip drive so you have time for pull outs and photos).
Duncan Harwood – “We had a nice dinner at Michael’s (Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steak House – downtown Port Angeles), we would definitely recommend this to you but it’s important you make a reservation, we can do this or your hotel will do it for you ahead of time… Port Angeles is nothing to write home about but it does offer a convenient 1 night stopping point en-route around the Olympic Peninsula and allows you to spend 90 minutes or longer driving into the National Park to Hurricane Ridge.”
Overnight – Port Angeles
Port Angeles to Snoqualmie
Today you will leave the Olympic Peninsula head for Snoqualmie (approx 30 miles East of Seattle). You can drive around the south end of the Sound (routing through Tacoma) or, just for the adventure, head down to Bainbridge Island and take a short car ferry across to Seattle (enjoy great views of the skyline as head towards the city) – from Seattle it’s then just a 40 minute drive before you arrive at your lodging. (Please Note: The ferry journey is not included in prepaid costs but can be included at additional cost if required).
Duncan Harwood – “At Salish Lodge you are greeted by a very relaxed unimposing property with the smell of burning open fires… quite lovely. After a very easy and pleasant check-in we discovered some really lovely guestrooms with fireplaces, lots of space, really really comfy beds, a jacuzzi bath and loads and loads of space, a welcoming site after a long day of travels. Salish Lodge is located right on the edge of a spectacular waterfall so we headed to ‘The Attic’ lounge for a view of the falls and a bite to eat. The Kobe Beef Burger comes well recommended if that is your thing. Worth noting that other than the suites no rooms have a view of the falls, you can pay a supplementary cost for a view of the river but I personally wouldn’t bother.”
Overnight – Snoqualmie, WA
As the drive time to SeaTac Airport is just 45 minutes from Salish Lodge – and with your flight not leaving until the evening – you can enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Snoqualmie. Alternatively, you might want to consider taking a slight diversion & drive up to Mukilteo, WA to visit the Boeing Factory – where you can see Boeing jumbo jets, including the new 787 Dreamliner, in various stages of assembly, manufacture and flight test for airline customers around the world – before heading to the airport to prepare for your departing flight or if shopping is your preference why not grab a present or two at the Designer Shopping at The Seattle Premium Outlet Mall, Tulalip, WA located just 30 minutes north of Seattle off I-5.
Depart Seattle – 18:45
Arrive London Heathrow -11:45 (Next Day)
Journey Time – 9 hours
Georgia Carolinas Great Smokey Mountains
Depart London Heathrow – 15:45
Arrive Atlanta – 18:55
Journey Time – 9 hours 25 minutes
Our preference is for non-stop British Airways flights where available from Heathrow.
Welcome to the USA and one of its busiest airports, collect your fully inclusive Compact sized car (upgrade options available) and transfer to your hotel in Atlanta the capital of the Peach State. We recommend renting the Sat Nav system on offer making navigation on arrival to your overnight hotel a piece of cake.
Overnight – Atlanta
Georgian Terrace Hotel
Famous for its links with Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone With the Wind, Atlanta rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become a commercial and financial giant of the Southeast. Host to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games the city is also the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr and his birthplace along with the Ebenezer Baptist Church can be seen in the Sweet Auburn Historic District. Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Brown and Elton John have all called this sophisticated contemporary city home and highlights include the Carter Presidential Centre, the World of Coca Cola Pavilion and the CNN Centre, home of the largest TV network where a behind the scenes tour gives insight into the complexity of production required to put on a good show. Have a great evening in the city known as ‘The Big Peach’ as you choose from the abundance of superb restaurants and take in some of the many jazz bars. Underground Atlanta sizzles at night or a short cab ride can get you to Blind Willies Bar for the best in blues, booze and Cajun food!
Overnight – Atlanta
Georgian Terrace Hotel
Atlanta to Savannah via Macon
You can almost hear the music as you arrive in the attractive city of Macon home to Little Richard, Otis Redding, and the Allman Brothers, This is where James Brown recorded his first smash, the epoch-making “Please, Please, Please,” in an unlikely-looking mansion at 830 Mulberry St. There’s a bronze statue of Otis beside the Otis Redding Memorial Bridge and the lives of these great artists are celebrated in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame where Georgia musicians are recalled by displays including a gospel chapel, a rock’n’roll soda shop, and a country café. Exchange the sounds of music for the sound of the sea as you drive to a glittering jewel of the southeast coast, romantic Savannah
Overnight – Savannah
Mansion on Forsyth Park
Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Savannah has long been a beacon of civility, taste, and beauty along the meandering Georgia coastline. Founded in 1733 as England’s last colony by General James Oglethorpe the town was planned to centre on public squares and thanks to the efforts of Historic Foundation 20 of these remain, bordered by handsome town houses landscaped with live oaks, azaleas, fountains and statues. Cotton made Savannah prosperous and the city became a vital port when in 1754 the first ships were loaded with cotton to make their way across the ocean to England. Explore the restored waterfront where many old buildings have survived and been restored, including the Pirates’ House (1754), an old seaman’s inn mentioned in Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Savannah was once a favourite haunt of marauding bands of pirates as they pillaged the eastern coast of America and the Pirate’s House (now a popular restaurant) is reputed to have a tunnel that leads to the Savannah River through which pirates “shanghaied” drunken sailors onto their ships. In more recent times Savannah has become renowned as the location for the atmospheric book and film “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” and you can see the Mercer House where the real life story of Billy Hansen’s murder played out and where the Hollywood movie was primarily filmed.
Overnight – Savannah
Mansion on Forsyth Park
Day 5 & 6
Savannah to Hilton Head Island
It’s a short drive to Hilton Head Island once the haunt of Indians, pirates, Spanish, French and English colonists and now an all year round resort bordered by one of the few unspoiled marine estuaries on America’s east coast. Two nights to relax and indulge yourself at your resort hotel ideally located on a pristine stretch of sugar white sand along the Atlantic Ocean. Here you’ll find 25 golf courses, 300 tennis courts, riding stables, hiking and bike trails as well as many wildlife preservation habitats. Get on a bike and feel the low country’s warm ocean breezes as you explore the area’s rich natural history and unparalleled natural beauty.
2 Nights – Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island to Charleston via Beaufort
This morning to beautiful Beaufort, SC, a city of rich history, Southern hospitality and casual seaside charm. Known as the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands” Beaufort was discovered by the Spanish in 1514 and chartered by the British in 1711. Beaufort was also discovered by Hollywood and three of the most popular and celebrated films in Hollywood history were filmed in and around the town: “The Big Chill” (1983), “The Prince of Tides” (1989), and “Forrest Gump” (2001). A trip to Beaufort is like a step back in time and we recommend a 50 minute narrated horse drawn carriage ride through the narrow streets of the historic district with its magnificent antebellum houses; be drawn in by the history, culture and elegance of this beautiful city by the sea. Time to dally here as it’s only 1.5 hours drive to Charleston one of the country’s most delightful towns and the cradle of Southern gentility.
Overnight – Charleston
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston has miles of restored historic structures and is renowned for its fancy wrought-iron work and splendid antebellum architecture. To fully understand and appreciate all of the history and beauty of the city we highly recommend joining one of the many narrated coach or trolley tours. If shopping is one of your passions visit Charleston Market which features an amazing variety of quaint shops and open-air vendors. You’ll discover an enticing selection of gifts, handcrafted items and merchandise unique to the Charleston area. For a complete plantation experience stroll through the gorgeous flora and fauna at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Route 4, Highway 61 just 13 miles from the city centre. Another popular trip is a boat cruise through Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
Overnight – Charleston
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston to Wilmington via Myrtle Beach
Take the coastal route this morning passing the lush landscape of 250,000 acre Francis Marion National Forest and on to Myrtle Beach with its 60 miles of shimmering sands and the best golf courses in the south. Crossing the border into North Carolina it’s just under two hours drive to the port city of Wilmington. The city is situated on the Cape Fear Headland, so named by 16th Century English sailors frightened of shipwreck, and was once the headquarters of Lord Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War and a principal port for the Confederacy during the Civil War
Overnight – Wilmington
Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach
Eleven miles away from Wilmington the “Surf is Up” at Wrightsville Beach named as one of the world’s best surf towns by National Geographic and a popular destination for all sorts of water activities.
Naturally the primary attraction of Wrightsville is the pure white sand of beach itself while historic cottages and beautiful marshes are all part of the scenery. There are protected areas for swimming in sparkling water, and other activities such as fishing from the surf, sailing, diving and skiing while great food is right around the corner with a colourful menu of dining experiences unlike any place on the North Carolina coast.
Overnight – Wilmington
Wilmington to Charlotte
There’s a direct route of 199 miles to Charlotte but you may wish to add the extra 90 miles to visit either Durham or Raleigh. Durham is the home of Duke University with its late-Gothic Revival buildings, Duke Chapel housing a 5,200 pipe organ and the 55 acre Sarah Duke Gardens. Raleigh the state capitol is overflowing with history, culture and natural beauty. The State Capitol in Capitol Square is a National Historic Landmark while the Executive Mansion was once described by President Franklin D Roosevelt as “the most beautiful governor’s residence in America”
Overnight – Charlotte
Hampton Inn & Suites
Charlotte to Asheville
The final destination of your Southern Hospitality tour is the charming town of Asheville nestled amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ideal base for exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Before entering the town stop at Black Mountain known as the area’s antique capitol where colourful Cherry Street and the adjoining blocks are a shopper’s paradise.
Overnight – Asheville
Omni Grove Park
Day 13 & 14
Asheville & The Great Smoky Mountains
Take time to visit the nearby Biltmore Estate and Biltmore House for a fascinating experience. Biltmore House itself was built at the end of the 19th Century by George Washington Vanderbilt and is surrounded by 8,000 acres, 40 of which are the gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who also planned New York’s Central Park. The 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago, truly an architectural and historical wonder, and you can take a self-guided tour before exploring the acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. Spend a day exploring the “Smokies” with beautiful panoramas and scenic drives. The Great Smoky Mountains are the most massive uplifts in the East and one of the oldest land areas on earth, the blue, smoke like haze hanging over the peaks giving the region its name. Among the highlights is Chimney Rock Park where by a 26 story elevator inside the mountain you can reach the top of the peak for a spectacular view and a one of a kind experience while the Blue Ridge Parkway (part of the U.S. National Park Service) offers plenty of spots for roadside picnics breath-taking vistas, easy to difficult hiking and a reprieve from commercialism. There is no admission fee and most of the things to do along the way are free. It’s definitely a romantic drive, and one of the most scenic routes in America.
2 further nights – Asheville
Omni Grove Park
Asheville to Atlanta
Start out this morning for a straight forward 3.5 – 4 hour drive to reach Atlanta for your evening flight home to the UK. Car rental return is quick and easy and we suggest you check-in online if possible 24 hours prior to departure to speed your arrival through the airport.
Depart Atlanta – 20:55
Arrive London Heathrow – 09:55 (Next Day)
Journey time – 8 hours
Your holiday includes
UK & US Airport taxes
Accommodation – 14 nights
Compact car rental based on Hertz – 14 day rental
Exclusive travel documentation portfolio including personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers.
This is essential and not included. Should you need to purchase cover, we offer comprehensive cover at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.
Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.
These might include:
Sporting event tickets
There are many more, often quite unique to your chosen destination so please do ask.
Classic Western Canada
An activity packed summer adventure through the stunning scenery of Western Canada which makes the most of the Canadian outdoor experience. Enjoy surfing in the Pacific Ocean, zip lining through valleys, riding Cowboy style and heli-hiking in the Rockies.
Days 1-2: Calgary
Upon arrival into Canada, spend one night in Calgary to relax and rejuvenate after your flight. You will pick up your hire car before heading to your hotel for the night.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Germain Calgary (1 night)
Days 2-5: Lake Louise
The following day, begin your Rocky Mountain adventure! Jump in the car and drive north to the glistening and iconic Lake Louise. With three nights here to explore, immerse yourself in the great Canadian outdoors and discover the areas pristine hiking trails. Rent canoes and glide over the top of Moraine Lake, take a fishing trip or even go river rafting for an extra thrill.
Accommodation: Moraine Lake Lodge (3 nights)
Days 5-7: Jasper
Next, you will drive through to Jasper National Park, one of Canada’s most recognisable and protected parks. Offering spectacular landscapes and an abundance of wildlife including moose, elk, mountain goats and wolf, the drive will encourage you to stop and take photographs at every turn, so make a day of it and enjoy the scenery. When you arrive into Jasper, you’ll spend one night here to enjoy the mountain town before heading off the next morning.
Accommodation: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (2 nights)
Days 7-10: Cowboy Country
It’s time to head to the beautiful Echo Valley Ranch for a few days of riding and relaxing. Spend your mornings on horseback discovering Canada’s wilderness or hiking one of the many trails surrounding the ranch and the afternoons recuperating in the spa. During your stay, fly-fishing in trout ponds, Thai yoga and guided trail walks are all included as well as camp fires in the evening and barbeque dinners.
Accommodation: Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (3 nights)
Days 10-13: Whistler (Summer)
You will say goodbye to the ranch and Cowboy Country and head down to the glorious alpine village of Whistler; an adventure haven during the winter and summer months. Most popularly known for its epic skiing, Whistler attracts visitors looking for a thrill at any time of the year. During summer, the village comes alive with outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Families will love the opportunities for zip-lining through the forests, bear viewing on Blackcomb Mountain or taking a ride on the Peak 2 Peak gondola for panoramic views of Whistler’s mountain range.
Accommodation: Nita Lake Lodge (3 nights)
Days 13-16: Tofino
Driving the Sea-to-Sky Highway down to Horseshoe Bay you’ll see the abundant Cultural Journey kiosks, each telling the story of the First Nations, whilst the scenic drive is awash with breathtaking ocean views and spectacular mountain ranges. The ferry takes you over to Vancouver Island where you will drive up and along the coast before heading inland through Cathedral Grove and experience the 800-year-old, 75 m high ancient Douglas fir ecosystem, before stopping off at Coombs Old Country Market and choose from over sixty flavours of homemade ice cream.
Arriving late afternoon into Tofino, you can enjoy the unique coastal goods in the local shops and take your pick from the fresh seafood throughout the town. Located UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region, this area is renowned for bear viewing and whale watching and is also the perfect location to hike along the rugged coastlines or spot some of the 200 species of bird on foot or by boat.
Accommodation: Middle Beach Lodge (3 nights)
Days 16-18: Vancouver
After three adventure-packed days in Whistler, it’s time for your final stop in vibrant and bustling city of Vancouver. Sitting on the water, Vancouver is one of the prettiest cities in North America and is best known for its gateway to the great outdoors. One minute, you could be walking around the city’s districts on a food tour and the next you could be up Grouse Mountain hiking amongst the tree canopy. We have included a zodiac boat tour that will give you a beautiful view of the city skyline from the water and of course, keep your eyes peeled for bobbing seals! In the evening, head to Granville Island for fun dining and entertainment before retreating to your hotel for one final night in Canada.
Accommodation: Loden Hotel (2 nights)