Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
Local laws stipulate that that there must be at least one person aged 21 or over occupying each room booked. Casino floors cannot be entered by under 21s unless they are accompanied by an adult aged over 21.
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea/coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
In the heart of DC, this sleek, modern hotel has a restaurant and bar, a gym and an indoor swimming pool. The hotel is close to Dupont Circle and Georgetown s restaurants, bars and trendy stores.
On the edge of theatre district just a short walk from Times Square, the Belvedere offers easy access to all of New York s shopping and main attractions. There are many restaurants close by and the hotel has a cafe serving breakfast plus a Brazilian restaurant. There is a 24 hour fitness centre.
We ve hand-picked a selection of hotels for your stay in San Francisco. The hotel you stay in will vary depending on your departure date.
This hotel s facilities include a restaurant, cafe and bar, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre.
This hotel is a downtown Vegas landmark. It features an award-winning casino, a host of restaurants and bars, a buffet, a show room, a spa and a stunning outdoor pool complex.
Located on the Colorado River boardwalk, this hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a choice of restaurants that include a deli and a seafood restaurant, plus several bars and a casino floor. The guest rooms are spacious and well-appointed.
Well-located for sightseeing in the LA area, and close to Knott s Berry Farm theme park, this hotel has a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor swimming pool.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.