Family holiday to America

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From £2166 (13 days) including UK flights
From £1159 excluding flights.
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Family holiday to America

Family holiday to America

Responsible travel: Family holiday to America

This trip explores the fascinating geological wonders in the states of Utah and Arizona. We travel using a small Maxiwagon, which can carry up to 12 passengers. Smaller groups means a smaller impact on the local environment and our economically sized van also means fewer carbon emissions than those of a larger bus or coach.

On this tour we travel around the Western United States using vans that run on recycled bio diesel, wherever it is available. Recycled bio diesel is made from secondary, rather than primary, oil sources which means that no forests are cleared to grow oil palms to fuel our vehicles. Using this more environmentally friendly fuel helps us to reduce our carbon footprint while on tour. We also use a local agent on this trip who employs local people to work as the tour leaders and drivers on the tour, this means more of your money finds it way to the local people. Tour Leaders are all trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. This then percolates down through those they deal with.

We stay in a wide variety of accommodation, from hotels to motels, camps and teepees which spreads the financial benefits of our visit across a broader spectrum of the local community. We visit several famous National Parks on this tour, including the Grand Canyon. All of the entrance fees paid to enter these parks contribute to their continued upkeep and support projects that protect endemic flora and fauna. Rather than just driving around the National Parks, we also take every opportunity to get out and explore on foot to learn more about the local environment and thus gain a greater understanding of the issues facing the Parks. With the exception of when we are camping, dinners are generally not included so that the groups have the chance to eat in a variety of local restaurants thus spreading the benefits across the community. At our campsites in the National Parks we try whenever possible to recycle any packaging at the recycling centres.

As well as the above, we support a variety of charities and projects worldwide which support vulnerable communities and habitats including Friends of Conservation, Hope Worldwide and Send A Cow. We are also actively engaged with UK travel industry bodies which promote best practice in responsible tourism, such as Tourism Concern, The Travel Foundation and AITO. Our commitment to responsible tourism is not limited to our overseas operation and we have measures to ensure our UK office operates according to our responsible tourism policy. Carbon offsets for all flights booked with us are included in the tour cost.

The story of the provider of Family holiday to America

This small group operator is just celebrating its 30th year and was originally set up to enrich people’s lives through adventure travel. They find the family travel experience is very popular and groups gel together quickly. Taking your children to local communities creates an instant fascination and can be a natural ice-breaker. Family adventure holidays can offer an opportunity to learn about other lifestyles and break down barriers. There is great advantage to spending time together, doing things you would never normally consider, as opposed to taking a package holiday where your children are separated and sent off to their own area.

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Family holiday to America

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 02 Sep 2008 by Catherine Hughes4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The grand canyon and the camping and the group; the contrast between Las Vegas and the national parks.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Need to be fairly fit and not too fussy on food.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


To a certain extent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was basically as indicated in the information sent. However, we felt the guide with us had rather too much to do. We felt that it would have been better for us and him if someone had shared the driving and other duties of his role since towards the end it was obvious to all that he was getting really tired. also although the camping was very educational and fun, perhaps a couple of nights in motels could have been slotted in as well towards the end of the holiday, again purely from a rest aspect, perhaps as an option that you could book as an extra in place of the planned camping. The children enjoyed it enormously and would go again tomorrow! Anywhere!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the above tour. We note your comments regarding the duties required by the Tour Leader. We would like to take this opportunity to explain that it would certainly be the case that the role of a tour leader and the associated duties expected of them would not be appealing to everyone. The job is demanding and requires leaders to work long hours to extremely high standards. This will appeal to only a small minority and it is for this reason that our selection process is rigorous; the interview procedures and subsequent training programme are particularly intensive and the demands of the job are emphasised at every stage.

The co-founders of the company worked themselves as tour leaders and understand the satisfaction our tour leaders have of being employed in a career which offers responsibility, control and the excitement of meeting new people and working in different areas of the world. In developing Explore we have endeavoured to keep that motivation and challenge to the fore.

We would like to assure you that we have passed your comments onto our Operations Manger responsible for this tour. Each Tour Leader will have a de-brief meeting at the end of each tour, when they have the opportunity to discuss any concerns. If we feel that the duties required are too demanding then we will review the possibility of providing another guide for the tour.

Thank you for your suggestion to include some nights in a motel to provide a rest from camping. We have passed this onto our Operations Manager to consider for future tours. Thank you, once again, for taking the time to write as it is only with such constructive comments that we are able to monitor and hopefully improve all aspects of the tours we offer.
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Small group family holiday

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves. Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip
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