Duration
12 Nights
For Kids
From 0 to 12 years
Travel
1 Nov 18 – 31 Mar 20
Destination
USA

Journey from Chicago to the Great Southwest and on to Hollywood on the journey of a lifetime! Start in Chicago and experience the best of what the “Windy City” has to offer. From there you will head south through the American heartland to Santa Fe, a city steeped in rich history and culture. Following Santa Fe you will travel to the majestic Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world, where you will get to explore the South Rim. After your time in the Grand Canyon you will continue on to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, where you will have time to see the famous Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, and the Walk of Fame. A wonderful journey across America awaits you!


HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the world-renowned Grand Canyon and beautiful Los Angeles with your kids
  • Let’s explore the ‘Windy City’ of Chicago, one of the main cities in the US
  • Enjoy 10 nights’ accommodation and 2 meals included in the deal

HOLIDAY INCLUDES

One-way Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Santa Fe; Santa Fe to Williams; and Williams to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief®
10 nights’ hotel accommodations; 2 nights onboard Amtrak
2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
 
* One-way transfers from airport to hotel in Chicago, the Maswik Lodge to hotel in Flagstaff, and hotel to airport in Los Angeles

TRAVEL PERIOD 

1 Nov 2018 – 31 Mar 2020


ITINERARY 

  • Day 1 Chicago 
  • Day 2 Chicago / Meals: Dinner 
  • Day 3 Overnight onboard Amtrak 
  • Day 4 Santa Fe 
  • Day 5 Santa Fe 
  • Day 6 Santa Fe – Williams
  • Day 7 Grand Canyon / Meals: Breakfast 
  • Day 8 Grand Canyon – Flagstaff 
  • Day 9 Flagstaff – Sedona 
  • Day 10 Overnight onboard Amtrak 
  • Day 11 Los Angeles 
  • Day 12 Los Angeles 

For full itinerary information CLICK HERE 


HOTELS

  • Chicago: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza / Sheraton Grand Chicago / Palmer House Hilton / The Westin Michigan Avenue
  • Santa Fe: La Posada Resort & Spa / Sage Inn 
  • Flagstaff: Little America Hotel 
  • Grand Canyon: Maswik Lodge / Grand Canyon Railway / Thunderbird Lodge 
  • Los Angeles: The LA Grand Hotel Downtown / Residence Inn Los Angeles LA Live

WHY BOOK WITH FAMILY TRAVEL?

At Family Travel, we have a passion for helping families all over Australia create meaningful and memorable experiences. Whether you’re a band of avid campers, adventure-seekers, or if you prefer a little luxury, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for your family. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 100 and one of our accredited family travel specialists can create an incredible family holiday package for you.

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back

 


FINE PRINT 

  • Valid for travel: 1 Nov 2018 – 31 Mar 2020
  • Advertised Per Adult & Per Child prices are based on a package for 2 adults & 2 children departing  4 Feb 19 
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Family Travel Team members receive 10% off any travel insurance policy.
  • Once your Family Travel holiday has been purchased you will receive a voucher with full redemption details for you to book your travel.
  • If for any reason you are unable to book your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names (as they appear on their passport), age of travellers and details of any special requirements you wish to highlight to the resort (e.g. vegetarian etc).
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.
  • Excludes: international flights, visa, items of a personal nature, meals not mentioned, travel insurance.

VISA INFORMATION

  • To enter The United States of America, Australian passport holders must have a valid and appropriate visa. All Australian passport-holders eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the official ESTA website linked above.
  • Alternatively, you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more details or to arrange a visa.

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.FAMILYTRAVEL.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 100

BEST FOR FAMILIES

Why is this tour perfect for your family? 

Americans love having people visit their country! The US is such a huge country with so many cities, landscapes and attraction to explore! This tour offers you the opportunity to discover most of them on the Western Coast! From Chicago and Grand Canyon to Los Angeles, experience wonderful cities and breathtaking natural sceneries with your kids. 

 

 

 

 

1

Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! After your flight lands, transfer to your hotel to drop off your luggage and begin your exploration of this excellent city. Begin with a multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing pass, which gives you transportation to the most famous Chicago attractions. This tour covers 13 miles and includes stops at the Art Institute, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and many more popular Chicago destinations. Feel free to hop on and off at any stop to further explore the area at your leisure. (Overnight in Chicago)


2

Chicago

Enjoy the second day of your hop-on, hop-off city tour of Chicago and explore any sites you didn’t get a chance to see yesterday. This enjoyable day of sightseeing will be followed by an included dinner a popular Chicago restaurant. (Overnight in Chicago)

MEALS: Dinner


3

Overnight onboard Amtrak

Travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the Southwest Chief® to Santa Fe. This gorgeous train ride takes you through curving canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself! You’ll see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from any highway. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)


4

Santa Fe

After your arrival in Santa Fe in the afternoon, take some time to get know this cultural gem of a city. Santa Fe is known as a treasure for art, culture, and cuisine. It also offers spectacular views of serene mountains. Enjoy a free day exploring all that Santa Fe has to offer. (Overnight in Santa Fe)


5

Santa Fe

Today you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Santa Fe. This colourful and historic town is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Founded over 400 years ago by the Spaniards and inhabited by the Pueblo Indians for over 1000 years before that, this unique destination is so culturally diverse and interesting that travellers from all over the world come to visit. (Overnight in Santa Fe)


6

Santa Fe - Williams

You will be transferred from downtown Santa Fe back to the Amtrak station where you will board the train to Williams Junction. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to Williams, AZ, where you will enjoy a good night’s sleep before your adventure to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. (Overnight in Williams)


7

Grand Canyon

This morning, dine and enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Grand Depot Café, the perfect starting place for your Grand Canyon adventure! Then, board the Grand Canyon Railway, which will take you right into the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy a guided tour of the Canyon’s majestic South and take in some of the most spectacular vistas in North America, which were formed over 17 million years ago. The Canyon’s landscape is truly breathtaking. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon)

MEALS:  Breakfast


8

Grand Canyon - Flagstaff

Today you’ll have some time in the morning to take in the fresh mountain air as you spend free time enjoying the sights of the Canyon. You’ll depart later this morning and head to Flagstaff for a good night’s sleep. (Overnight in Flagstaff)

9

Flagstaff - Sedona

Get ready to explore the spectacular Red Rocks of Sedona with your included Canyons & Cowboys Jeep Tour. Take the rest of the day to explore the astounding natural wonders of Flagstaff on your own. This gorgeous city offers many invigorating outdoor recreation activities and fascinating cultural attractions. If you are looking for something to do later in the evening, the Lowell observatory is perfect for stargazers. (Overnight in Flagstaff)

10

Overnight onboard Amtrak

Today you have a free day to relax at your hotel or go out and explore the quaint city of Flagstaff. Then tonight you will board the Southwest Chief for your journey on to Los Angeles. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

11

Los Angeles

This morning you will arrive in sunny Southern California! Check into your hotel and begin to experience Hollywood! A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will guide you around the city to Los Angeles’ top attractions such as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Hollywood Bowl. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

12

Los Angeles

Continue to journey around the city, taking in the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Make sure you take time to visit the Hollywood Sign, the Santa Monica Pier, and Rodeo Drive! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

13

Journey ends in Los Angeles

FLIGHT
  • From Sydney / Melbourne to Chicago, main flights are operated by United, Qantas and Air New Zealand. 
  • From Brisbane to Chicago, American Airlines and Qantas are the main airlines. 
  • From Los Angeles to Australia, main flights are operated by Virgin Australia, American Airlines and Delta. 

NEED FLIGHTS? CALL US ON 1300 404 100


TRANSFER

Transfers are included in the deal!


WEATHER
  • The weather in the United States varies according to the geographical area. The hottest period is from June to August and the coolest from November to February.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are also recommended.

VISA 

  • To enter The United States of America, Australian passport holders must have a valid and appropriate visa. All Australian passport-holders eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the official ESTA website linked above.
  • Alternatively, you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more details or to arrange a visa.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and for a 10% discount.

What is included in the deal? 
Please refer to the ‘HOLIDAYS INCLUDES’ section. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 100for more details.


Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that my family needs? 
We recommend you see your doctor at least eight weeks prior to travel for advice, and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.


Can Family Travel organise my travel insurance? / Do I need a travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you. Call us on 1300 404 100 and quote Family10 for a 10% discount.


Can I arrange my flights with Family Travel? 
We at Family Travel are fully licensed travel agents and are able to arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 100 to get a personalised quote.


When will my booking be confirmed?
Once your Family Travel Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the Family Travel Reservations team. Family Travel will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking into your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements. The Family Travel team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back

 


What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel, contact the Family Travel reservation team on 1300 404 100, and make sure you have your travel voucher number and traveller names on hand. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, Family Travel will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. Once we have received a variable request for cancellation, we request it be submitted in writing. Once received we will begin to process your cancellation. 


I haven’t received my Family Travel voucher yet. What do I do?

If you have not received your voucher within 24 hours contact Family Travel on 1300 404 100 and we will resend your voucher by email.


Where can I find full terms and conditions for Family Travel? 
Terms and conditions for each product can be found in the fine print of each booking. Full details on the terms and conditions can be found on the link below.