Escorted Holidays

North America offers some quite wonderful recreational and travel experiences. In this section we showcase just a few that might add an extra dimension to your holiday plans if not inspire a whole new holiday experience. Remember with Complete North America flexibility is key. Browse these unique opportunities and ask us about incorporating them into your holiday plans. If you have any ideas you think other travellers might like to hear about please feel free to let us know your ideas or experiences and we’d be delighted to feature them here on the web site. 

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Route 66 Holidays

10 Reasons to Do Route 66

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Written by our client Emma Clarke


 

Route 66 14 & 21 night Fly Drive 

Inclusions:

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  • EXCLUSIVE NO ONE WAY DROP OFF FEE – SAVE $500
  • Choice of Value, Moderate, Superior accommodation
  • Chicago to Los Angeles or Los Angeles to Chicago
  • Exclusive and personalised travel documenation, maps, itinerary and driver directions
  • Route 66 Ez66 Guide 
  • Flexible itinerary
  • Optional: Turn by turn Satellite Navigation
  • And experience the mother road, the real America and the heartland of the United States on your own self-drive holiday
  • And much more…

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Route 66 Self-Guide Motorcycle Holiday – 14 or 21 nights

Harley SunsetInclusions:

  • Eagle Rider Class A Motorbike
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • No One Way Drop Off Fee
  • Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Grand Canyon, Amarillo, Chicago and much more…
  • Exclusive travel documentation including EZ-66 guide, personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions
  • Helmet and Saddle Bag
  • Enhanved VIP Insurance
  • Trans-Atlantic flights including Taxes
  • Choice of Value, Moderate & Superior category hotels
  • Available: All Year

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Route 66 Guided Motorcycle Tour – 14 nights

CarmelInclusions:

  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Custom Riding Jacket
  • Free Fuel & Oil
  • Entrance into National Parks
  • Chicago, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and much more…
  • Distance of 2736 miles
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Discounted Activities
  • Trans-Atlantic flights including Taxes
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • Available in: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Route 66 Grand American Adventures Tour – 15 nights

Route 66 midway point Adrian TX2Inclusions:

  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • All meals paid locally
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Group size of 13
  • Free wi-fi in vehicle
  • Cross the Great Plains, visit the Official Route 66 Museum, visit the Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon and so much more…
  • 15 hotel nights in 3 star twin accommodation
  • Available in: Spring, Summer, Fall

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USA Holidays, Fly / Self Drives and City Breaks – California, Alaska, Route 66, Nevada, Arizona, New York and much more…

Alaska and The Yukon

Itineraries Include:

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  • Anchorage
  • Dawson City
  • Denali National Park
  • Fairbanks
  • Haines
  • Kluane National Park
  • Tok
  • Whitehorse
  • And much more…

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Arizona & Nevada

Itineraries Include:

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  • Chinle
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Las Vegas
  • Monument Valley
  • Phoenix
  • Scottsdale
  • Sedona
  • And much more…

Click here for fifteen itineraries


American Rockies

Itineraries Include:

Cheyenne Mtn Mountain

  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
  • Durango
  • Glacier National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Rock Springs
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • And much more…

Click here for seven itineraries


California

Itineraries Include:

Los Angeles

  • Death Valley
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Los Angeles
  • Monterey
  • Palm Springs
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • And much more…

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Capitol Region

Itineraries Include:

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  • Baltimore
  • Charleston
  • Charlottesville
  • Richmond
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Seneca Rocks
  • Washington D.C.
  • Williamsburg
  • And much more…

Click here for six itineraries


Deep South

Itineraries Include:

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  • Atlanta
  • Chattanooga
  • Clarksdale
  • Memphis
  • Montgomery
  • Nashville
  • Natchez
  • New Orleans
  • And much more…

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Florida

Itineraries Include:

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  • The Everglades
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • The Keys
  • Jacksonville
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Tampa Bay
  • Tallahassee
  • And much more…

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Great Lakes 

Itinerary Includes:

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  • Chicago 
  • Green Bay
  • Lake Geneva
  • Lake Huron
  • Lake Michigan
  • Lake Superior
  • Milwaukee
  • Spring Green
  • And much more…

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Hawaii

Itineraries Include:

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  • Big Island
  • Lanai
  • Kawai
  • Maui
  • Molokai
  • Oahu
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Waikiki
  • And much more…

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New England & New York

Itineraries Include:

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  • Boston
  • Cape Cod
  • Kennebunkport
  • Jackson
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • New Jersey
  • New York City
  • Newport
  • And much more…

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Pacific Northwest

Itineraries Include:

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  • Cannon Beach
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Eugene
  • Mount Rainier
  • Newport
  • Olympic National Park
  • Port Angeles
  • Seattle
  • And much more…

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Pennsylvania

Itineraries Include:

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  • Gettysburg
  • Lancaster
  • Laurel Highlands
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Pocano Mountains
  • South Sterling
  • State College
  • And much more…

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Route 66 & Chicago

Itineraries Include:

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  • St Louis
  • Springfield
  • Oklahoma City
  • Amarillo
  • Tucumcari
  • Albuquerque
  • Hollbrook
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Santa Monica

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Utah

Itineraries Include:

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  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Capitol Reef
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Lake Powell
  • Moab
  • Monument Valley
  • Zion National Park
  • And much more…

Click here for nine itineraries

Yukon

Kluane Lake Kathleen‘Just Yukon 13 Night Fly Drive
Yukon and Alaska is quite unique and rightly so appeals to many of us for its rugged unspoilt beauty and abundance of wildlife that we very rarely see in our lifetimes. This itinerary gives you the best chance to savour all of this and as we have included details of recommended excursions, be sure to check the details on these as you read through this wonderful itinerary… read more »

Mt. McKinleyAlaska & Yukon Highlights 14 Night Fly Drive – Read the Online Brochure Here
Our flagship Alaska programme, ideal for first time visitors.Visit spectacular & unspoilt Denali, Kluane and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Drive 2 of the most amazing highways in the world The ‘Top of The World’ Highway and the Klondike Highway. Experience the Gold Rush towns of Fairbanks, Dawson City & Skagway & look out for Grizzly Bears, Moose & Killer Whales… read more »

10 Reasons to do Route 66

10 Great Reasons Why a Route 66 Road Trip is a Fabulous Idea

This was written by our client Emma Clarke who travelled with Complete North America in January 2014. This was originally posted on her blog – www.emmalouiseclarke.co.uk – where she has also written about other aspects of her travels

When we decided to drive Route 66, we didn’t really know much about it – only that it was a long drive. Having done it (and we would do it again!) we can see why people want to drive this iconic American road. So here are our 10 reasons why it’s so worth driving the whole of Route 66.

 1. It’s EPIC! The road spans 2451 miles (give or take) and crosses 8 States from Illinois in the Midwest to California on the Pacific coast.

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2. It mostly skips the Interstate. Leave the monotony behind and venture out into lesser seen, small town America – the well trodden paths of the past. Sometimes, you find yourself in between the Interstate and Railroad being overtaken by trucks and trains whilst you sit back and cruise the open road!

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3. You follow in the footsteps of American history. As westward expansion has taken place, thousands of people have trodden the path – from the Native Americans in the 1830s along the Trail of Tears when they were displaced from their lands, to the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s where families up and left their homes seeking a better life in golden California – the promised land of jobs and prosperity. From the road’s heyday in the 1950s and 60s where American families took to the road to holiday in the west, to the decline of the route (and a large proportion of the towns along the way) in the 1970s as the Interstate was born and people wanted a more direct route across America.

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4. There are ghost towns! Along the way you find deserted towns that once thrived with travellers – now left as merely a reminder of the ‘good old days’.

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5. There are thriving small towns too! Don’t worry – it’s not all death and decay of small town America. There are so many superb, friendly and vibrant places to stop and grab a coffee or a bite to eat. Small town America is in many ways the best of America! This picture is Darren and I in Winslow, AZ – a little town with an active population, small businesses and bit of tourism thrown in for good measure.

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6. There are awesome diners all over the place! You don’t have to drive far to experience that most iconic of American ideas – the roadside diner. There are so many good ones along the route – trouble is you can’t stop at all of them for a coffee or it would take you a year to travel the road (plus the toilet stops would get incredibly tiresome after a while!). Our favourite diner was in Albuquerque – a proper 1950s affair complete with 1950s music and Route 66 memorabilia. The food was great too!

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7. You meet fascinating people. There are so many people we met along the way who enriched our journey – there was Bob the Mayor of Pontiac, Gary and his wife Lena at their restored gas station in Missouri and Pete on the train to Santa Fe to name but a few. Each of them had great stories to tell of their lives that are so far removed from our own. The picture below is of me with Gary and Lena. They’re in their late 80s and are passionate about Route 66. Rather worryingly, Lena and I had matching shoes! You can check out their website here (and you may just spy some of our other photos from our visit with Gary there too!).

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8. You get a taste of the diversity of America. This trip has it all. You have the metropolis of Chicago, the plains of the Ozarks through Missouri and Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, the joining Native American, Spanish and Western cultures of New Mexico, the deserts of Arizona and California and the beachfront city of Santa Monica. The sheer size of the country is staggering and each State is like a different country with different laws and landscape, culture and character. Travelling across the US from East to West is a constant journey of discovery.

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9. There are so many quirky roadside attractions! From the Gemini Giant in Illinois to the Largest Rocking Chair in Missouri. From the Blue Whale of Catoosa in Oklahoma to the countless murals all along the route – there’s always something to make you jump out of the car for a break to gaze in wonder at the craziness of it all! This is a picture of the Largest Rocking chair – you can just about spot Darren at the bottom left

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10. It’s about the journey, not the destination. Yeah, I know it’s a cheesy line – but isn’t that the spirit of all the best road trips? Route 66 is made for road tripping – even though each day’s destination town is great in itself, the best bits are more often than not along the way. That little town. This coffee shop. That roadside attraction. This meal. It’s those moments that leave a lasting impression on you, those small surprises that you weren’t expecting, the people that you meet. It truly is the journey that makes travelling Route 66 from Chicago to LA the trip of a lifetime! I’m so glad we did it. Add it to your bucket list today!

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Vancouver – West Coast Resort Package Add On

Why not extend your holiday & add on a 4 day West Coast Resort Package from Vancouver?

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Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation at West Coast Wilderness Lodge
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Welcome bottle of wine and cheese platter
  • Princess Louisa Inlet Boat Cruise
  • Choice of 1 of the following activities:
  •   – Guided Hiking
  •   – Guided Kayaking
  •   – Dinner at the Lodge
  • Return transportation by floatplane
  • Use of all amenities at the resort
  • Detailed itinerary, vouchers and local information
  • Access to Discover Holidays toll free assistance number
  • Documents will be waiting at clients first hotel of package
  • A PDF version of the detailed itinerary can be emailed for client at time of booking

 

Day 1
Vancouver to West Coast Wilderness Resort

Transfer (own cost) to Vancouver Airport South Terminal Float Plane base to board a float plane for a scenic forty-minute flight northwest via Sechelt to West Coast Wilderness Lodge. During your flight you may see Orca whales, dolphins and sea lions swimming below in Howe Sound’s stunning islands and bays. Just before you land at the Lodge you will pass over the Skookumchuck Rapids, the faster salt water rapids in North America.

Day 2
Princess Louisa Inlet

An all-day boat tour up one of B.C.’s most romantic coastal fords. As you reach the head of Jervis inlet, cruise through the geological constriction known as Malibu Rapids into sheltered Princess Louisa Inlet. Here, you will dock and amble along the cedar boardwalks that wander through the rainforest to the bottom of Chatterbox falls.

Day 3
Choice of Activities

Today is your choice to either relax at the lodge or choose one of the below included activities:

Guided Hiking (3 hrs)
Take a leisurely hike through a coastal rain forest filled with cedars and firs, sword ferns and salal, and a tiny lake with resident loons. The trail leads to lookout points where you can watch the Skookumchuck Rapids, the fastest salt water rapids in North America
Guided Kayaking (2 hrs)
Explore the Sutton Islands chain right in front of the Lodge. Dependsing on the tide, we will head past a fish processing plant and government wharf lined with old-timers’ fishing boats into Egmont’s “downtown” to learn about its history and geography, or kayak west past eagles’ nests and colonies of sea stars.
Dinner at the Lodge
Enjoy a 3 course dinner in the lodges restaurant set high up on a craggy granite bluff overlooking forests, inlets & islands, the elegant dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows that span the entire hall
 

Day 4
West Coast Wilderness Lodge to Vancouver

The morning is free to enjoy the lodge and surrounding wilderness before your departure back to Vancouver South Terminal by float plane.

Vancouver – Wildlife Viewing Package Add on

Why not extend your holiday & add on a 5 day Wildlife Viewing Package from Vancouver?

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Knight Inlet is a 100 km long fjord carved by glaciers in the coastal mountains. This pristine wilderness is the native habitat of the Grizzly Bear. Every spring when the bears come out of hibernation, they can be seen from a boat on the banks of Glendale Cove eating sedge grasses, mussels and barnacles that abound in the cove.

In the fall the bears feed heavily on the returning Salmon to the Glendale River and can be seen in large numbers from the specially constructed viewing platform.

Situated 60 kilometres from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day’s adventure.

The lodge is an assortment of 5 modern cement floats containing 15 guest rooms, a dining room, a lounge, an interpretive centre and support buildings. Most of the rooms have one double and queen or two queen beds with a private bathroom. With the addition of a cot they can accommodate four in some of the rooms. Most of the guest buildings have lounges with wood burning stoves in them, for relaxing in the evening or on a cool day.

Inclusions

  • Return flight from Vancouver to Campbell River
  • Return transfer Campbell River Airport to Hotel and seaplane terminal
  • 1st night accommodation in Campbell River
  • Balance of nights accommodation at Knight Inlet Lodge
  • Return airfare from Campbell River Float Plane dock to Knight Inlet Lodge
  • Welcome orientation for wildlife viewing
  • All meals and snacks while at the lodge
  • Complimentary house wine with dinner
  • All transportation to the bear viewing stands and boats
  • Bear viewing tour
  • Scenic boat ride of Glendale Cove
  • Use of kayaks on organised estuary tours
  • Interpretive guide on all tours
  • Rain gear if required
  • BC Provinical Hotel Tax
  • Not included: Gratuity for staff (recommended $20.00 per day per guest for duration of stay)

Excursions

4 & 5 day packages will be offering the following extra tours

  • Extra bear viewing trips
  • Interpretive hike of Kwalate River valley
  • Wildlife tracking to make plaster casts of animal prints
  • Excursions for Bald Eagle viewing and other bird life