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Tailor Made USA Holidays: The Grand Circle Road Trip

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The USA is a big country. From cross continental mountain chains to mesmerizing desert city oasis’s like Las Vegas, there is more to see, do, and experience in the US than in arguably any other country. Thankfully then, the US came up with a big answer to the countries bigness in the mid 20th century by inventing what we know today as the road trip.

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From tailor made USA holiday road trips to the legendary Route 66, road trips themselves are a fantastic way to experience as much of America as possible in whatever amount of time you have available. The only question is, which is the best route to plan on taking when embarking on your own road trip?

The Grand Circle

If you’re enthralled by the great outdoors, the Grand Circle is the road trip which you should probably consider embarking upon. Spanning a staggering five states in the Southwestern US, the Grand Circle allows you to plan just over two weeks of tailor made USA holiday travel during which time you will experience everything from the red cliffs and gully’s of Zion National Park in Utah, to the fantastic expanse of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Iconic Scenery, Cities & Cultural Offerings

Starting and ending in Las Vegas, other tailor made travel itinerary destinations on the Grand Circle route can include Ouray in the unforgettable mountain surrounds of Colorado. In like manner, bespoke USA holidays can be made complete by journeying through iconic places like monument valley, before later boating around just as iconic Lake Powell as you cross back over into Utah.

Are you ready for the ultimate bespoke USA holiday experience? If so, a 2 to 3 week road trip around the Grand Circle might be for you. In this case, call or contact Experience Holidays today in order to start planning your road trip around exactly what you want to see and experience.

Top Tips for Japan

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Picture courtesy of JNTO

If you are planning a visit to the land of the rising sun, whether it is independent travel, private tour or as part of an escorted group, here are some top tips to note before you travel:

 

–          The best times to take a trip to Japan are either late March/April when the cherry                        blossoms are out or the end of September/October for the autumn colours.

–          A visit to Japan would not be complete without a trip on the bullet train, either as a one               off journey or multiple journeys using a Japan Rail Pass.

–          Stay in a traditional Ryokan (Japanese Inn) and enjoy a Japanese Spa

–          Visit the Snow Monkeys and see them bathing in the hot springs.

–          Japan is a great destination for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

–          Hiroshima – take a trip to see the AtomicBombMuseum and the MemorialGardens

–          There are two Imperial Palaces for you to visit, one in Tokyo and the other in Kyoto.

–          Japan is largely a cash based society, so most places do not accept credit cards.                             Change your money to Yen before you travel as not all ATMs accept international cards.

 

If you’d like us to help plan your bespoke, tailor made holiday to Japan then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk and we would be happy to discuss your personalised itinerary.

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Tailor Made US Holidays: Far More Than Just Theme Parks

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For the past four decades, Florida has been the theme park capital of the world drawing thousands of visitors to places like Disneyland and Universal Studios each and every year. However, Florida is about much more than just theme parks. In fact, the state itself is particularly perfect for exploring as part of tailor made, self-drive USA holidays. This way visitors can benefit from experiencing everything from Miami Beach’s art deco scene to the tropical paradise of Keywest.

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Tailor Made USA Holidays In Americas Sunshine State 

If you are planning a bespoke holiday to the USA and Florida in particular, it can be difficult to identify the states most must visit tourist spots. Thankfully, Experience Holidays can help. Arriving in sun kissed Miami, why not start your self drive adventure around Florida by visiting Americas own (almost) authentic megalith structures?

Built by a Latvian eccentric in the 1920’s, the megalith monuments which make up Coral Castle are similar in size and design to ancient structures in Europe. In fact, just like in places like Stonehenge in the UK, no one knows exactly how the Coral Castle monuments were built. This being due to their secretive sole architect never imparting his construction secrets to anyone prior to his death in 1951.

Bespoke Self-Drive Holidays To Key West & Islamorada    

The beauty of self-drive tailor made USA holidays, is that you have complete freedom to explore what and where you want to. After soaking up the sun in Miami, why not, therefore, make a just as sun kissed pilgrimage to Key West? From 19th century forts and coral islands to the former home of Earnest Hemingway, a self drive Florida holiday is the perfect way to absorb yourself in the culture and  heritage of the state.

So Much More To See & Explore

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime bespoke holiday tour of the USA’s sunshine state? If so, call or contact Experience Holidays today and lets start putting together your perfect tailor made holiday itinerary. 

Tailor Made USA City Breaks

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Do you want to experience the buzz of the Big Apple or the immerse yourself in the counter-culture come modern technology hub that is San Francisco? Bespoke and tailor made holidays in the USA aren’t just about intrepid adventures into Americas interior. Rather, a tailor made USA holiday can also centre around a once in a lifetime city break.

Tailor made USA city breaks

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Short of Time? 

A great way to experience the USA if you’re strapped for time is to embark on a single city break.

From taking the chance to walk down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, to trying your luck as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, city breaks are a phenomenal way to experience the bright lights of some of Americas most iconic cities.

However, bespoke and tailor made USA city breaks don’t have to be about just skyscrapers, bay spanning bridges and fantastic restaurants. Rather, while based in places like Los Angeles, you can also take time to pit your wits against the winding and ultimately picturesque hiking trails of Griffith Park. In like manner, depending on how much time you have to spare, a tailor made holiday to New York can be fantastically complimented by a visit to Niagara Falls.

City Breaks as Bespoke as You Are

At Experience Holidays, we can help you plan the ultimate bespoke USA city break by pairing the city which you would like to base yourself in with luxurious accommodation offerings and comprehensive sightseeing itineraries. From visiting the Empire State Building in New York, to China Town and the towering Sequoia red woods of San Francisco, each of our tailor made city breaks are designed to be as experiential as possible.

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime, city break? If so, make sure to call or contact Experience Holidays today. We’ll help you plan your own tailor made USA city break around exactly what you want to see, do, and experience in however little time you have to spare.  

Bespoke USA Holidays & Holiday Home Hire

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As any tailor-made holiday enthusiast will be aware, there are two distinctly different kinds of vacation. Firstly, there is the (arguably) basic sightseeing holiday which the majority of people embark upon each year. Secondly though, are truly experiential holidays, holidays in which people immerse themselves in their surrounds and take home a mental souvenir chest afterwards topped full of inspiring cultural insights and much more personal holiday experiences.

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Are you looking for a tailor made USA holiday which falls into the latter of these two  categories? If so, at Experience Holidays we can help.

Tailor Made USA Holiday Home Hire  

A fantastic way to experience what the USA is really about is to hire and base yourself in a holiday home in the US for anything from a few days for up to a a few weeks at a time.

From bespoke USA holiday home hire in New York to rural parts of the Carolinas, we have a range of properties available which are suitable for almost every budget. Even better, tailor made USA holiday home hire can be incorporated with fantastic multi-state road trips.

Tailor Made Holidays With Added Luxury 

If you are considering holidaying in one specific part of the USA for a period of time, our condominiums and luxury villas with pools can help you experience the US as privately and luxuriously as you like. In the mean time, you and your loved ones can explore everything from Miami’s pristine white sand beaches to San Francisco’s awe inspiring Sequoia National Park completely at your own leisure.

Of course, whether the Grand Canyon or the Big Apple is just a short drive or an entire state away will depend on where you would like to base yourself. However, at Experience Holidays we’re proud to be able to provide high-quality holiday home hire all across North America.

Are you ready for the ultimate bespoke USA holiday experience? If so, call or contact Experience Holidays today in order to discuss your specific holiday needs in more detail.

 

Tailor Made San Francisco to Las Vegas Holidays

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While the Big Apple might be the USA’s most iconic city, a close second and third would have to be San Francisco and Las Vegas. As part of the ultimate tailor made holiday, why not therefore, sample both while experiencing the distance between as part of an epic cross country road trip adventure?

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2 Bespoke USA Holidays in 1

Crossing from California into Nevada takes travellers through some truly awe inspiring scenery. The Big Sur Coast Highway for one, stretches and twists for over 85 miles along and around some of California’s most spectacular coastline. Meanwhile, absolutely unmissable stops on any tailor made USA holiday journey in between San Francisco and Las Vegas, include the towering giant redwood forests of America’s infamous Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks

Of course, prior to leaving San Francisco itself, no tailor made USA holiday would be complete without first experiencing city sights such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and perhaps even the infamous island prison of Alcatraz.

Arriving in Las Vegas

As far as bespoke USA holidays go, arriving in Las Vegas after braving the wild lands of Death Valley is a truly once in a lifetime experience.

Watching the city rise up out of the Nevada Desert can be as surreal an experience as encountering the gates of Disney Land right in the middle of the Sahara. The only difference is that Las Vegas isn’t a mirage. Rather, what is arguably the world’s most oddly located city really does suddenly bust right up at you out of the otherwise empty desert. The only question which you will be left with, is how exactly do you want to celebrate your arrival?

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime, city to city tailor-made holiday experience? If so, make sure to call or contact Experience Holidays today in order to set the wheels in motion for your own San Fran to Las Vegas adventure

Gaya Island Resort

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Tucked amidst the protected mangroves and sheltered coral reefs of Borneo and curled around the stunning sandy coast of Malohom Bay you’ll find Gaya Island Resort.

This beachfront resort blends in perfectly with the natural environment and offers a collection of hillside villas with views that feature the mangrove forests and surrounding canopy to the breathtaking Mount Kinabalu.

For the nature lovers among us this is the perfect place to stay and here are just a few reasons why:

–          The Proboscis (Long nosed) monkey – you will have the chance of a lifetime to see these endangered and unique monkeys in the jungle of Gaya Island Resort.

–          Turtle Rescue – this programme was set up to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea turtles. You can find more information about this at the Marine Centre on site.

–          Red Giant Flying Squirrels – take an evening stroll through the resort gardens and keep an eye out for these beautiful animals gliding from branch to branch or foraging for food.

–          Mangrove kayak – let the resident naturalist take you through the 100 year old mangrove jungle. Watch out for mangrove crabs, oriental pied hornbills, monitor lizards and many more fantastic creatures.

 

So if you’d like to know more about a bespoke, tailor made trip to this amazing resort and the island of Borneo please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk for more information.

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US National Parks

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

This summer sees the 100th Anniversary of the US National Parks, and across the USA National Parks will be celebrating this benchmark year. 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

For Wyoming the centennial is a major milestone, with some of the most incredible places to visit such as Yellowstone (the very first National Park), the Grand Tetons National Park, the Devils Tower (the first National monument), 25 Historic Landmarks plus 11 nationally recognised recreational areas, trails and monuments – Wyoming is a fantastic destination with so much to offer.

 

Explore all of these places and more on your own self drive itinerary this summer.  Call us, pop in to see us or email us to talk about your ideal bespoke, tailor made holiday to the USA.

Call 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Picture courtesy of Rick Carpenter

 

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Tailor Made Holidays Into the Heart of Untouched Alaska

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Bespoke holidays to the USA allow people to experience the country’s most iconic scenery and picturesque mountainscapes and nowhere is this more evident than in Alaska.

Far away from the bustle and eclectic cultural offerings of Americas big cities, tailor-made travel to Alaska is about taking a visually and atmospherically spectacular journey right into the heart of glacier and grizzly bear country.

Bespoke holidays to Alaska USA

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Bespoke Holidays Around Alaska & Denali

Straddling over 160 miles of the narrow Alaskan Range, Alaska’s Denali National Park encompasses over six million acres of Alaskan wild land. First settled in 1905, the human influence on 99% of the area is tiny. The result of this is an area almost the same size as Norther Ireland, teeming with local flora and fauna which has been allowed to flourish for over a century without interruption.

The above being the case, bespoke holidays to the USA and Alaska can provide intrepid adventurers with a true taste of America’s so-called great outdoors, whilst also (of course) benefiting from first class accommodation and local guiding services. The only question is, what do you specifically want to see and experience on your holiday?

Truly Experiential Holidays       

Are you ready for a winter safari into Alaska’s great interior? While it’s not possible to actually embark upon a safari around Denali in the true South African sense, Denali is home to a staggering 37 iconic mammal species. From grizzly bears to caribou, when you visit Denali as part of a tailor-made holiday to the USA, you’re visiting a flourishing nature reserve. Even better, many tours will be able to provide you with the opportunity to experience some of America’s most iconic animal species right with your own eyes.

Spectacular Natural Surrounds

With the Alaskan range disappearing up into the overhead cloud line, bespoke holidays to Alaska are just as much about being visually awestruck by Alaska’s natural surrounds as they are getting up close and personal with some of Americas most iconic wildlife. The only problem? To take in all that Alaska has to offer would take weeks, if not months.

Thankfully, as part of our bespoke North American and Alaska holiday packages, you can experience Alaska through everything from basic hiking to backcountry bike travel and even bespoke flightseeing tours. The only question is, are you ready for a truly once in a lifetime bespoke holiday experience? If so, make sure to contact Experience Holidays today to find out more. 

Tailor Made Holidays to the USA: Experiencing The Kenai Peninsula

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As awe-inspiring as Alaska is in general, many argue that bespoke and tailor made holidays to the USA simply aren’t complete without a visit to the jewel in the crown of Alaska which is the infamous Kenai Peninsula.

Tailor made USA Holidays

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200 miles long and 100 miles wide, Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is a spectacular wilderness area approximate in size to Belgium in Europe. However, bespoke holidays to the USA and the Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula aren’t just about visiting yet another of one of North Americas sprawling national parks. Rather, the Kenai Peninsula is is considered to be Alaska’s most accessible wilderness. This being the case, a visit to the area is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get as up close and personal as possible with unspoiled America at its finest.

Must-see Attractions

Spectacular Fjords, mind blowing mountains, and miles of pristine coastline make tailor made USA holidays to the Kenai Peninsula a true feast for the senses.

Dominated in the east by perilous ice fields and interspersed by azure blue glacier fed lake systems, hiking and adventure trails on the Kenai Peninsular allow you experience Alaska much more personally than anywhere else. However, as part of a bespoke holiday to the USA, it’s not absolutely necessary just to hike around the Kenai Peninsula in order to experience the area.

Snowmobiling & Dog Sledding   

As part of our own tailor made holidays to Alaska, we can help you hike, snowmobile and even dog sled around the Kenai Peninsula. A top pick for many first time visitors to Alaska, our bespoke Kenai tours allow you to experience Alaska and North America as intimately as possible before relaxing afterward in high-quality accommodation in some of the areas most majestic small town and cities. The only question is, are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? If so, call or contact Experience Holidays today to find out more. 

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