Daily deal: Seven-day Great West air cruise
Think of the Mauiva AirCruise as an airborne road trip.
You no longer need to have your own Gulfstream to destination-hop by way of private plane.
With today’s escape, you will be checking must-sees of the Great West off your bucket list — all via aeroplane.
Mauvia AirCruise's Western Wonder Experience lets you bypass those long airport security lines (not to mention highway traffic) for seven days while you bounce between Monterey and Carmel, San Francisco, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Las Vegas.
The one-of-a-kind vacation service reaches new heights when it comes to details—from breakfast and dinner to the four-star accommodations every evening (all included). Daily itineraries are scheduled for each of your destinations, including ground transportation and tour guides.
Prices are per person, but double occupancy for the hotel stays each night, so escapees must go sky-high with a co-pilot of their choice.
Departure dates to choose from include: 22, 29 July, 5, 6, 9, 13, 16, 21, 23, 28 August, 2, 9, 13, 16, 23 September, and 14 October. Every escape begins and ends in Los Angeles.
Your first stop is Monterey, a seaside city known for its views of the rocky Pacific coastline. Gawk at the humpback and blue whales on your cruise with Chris' Whale Watching Tours and take a joyride along the 17-Mile Drive, one of the most scenic roads in the US.
Afterward, you will visit another majestic landscape, Point Lobos, a state natural reserve, where sea otters, seals and sea lions can be spotted year round. According to legend, Robert Louis Stevenson was inspired to write his classic novel Treasure Island while strolling the beach near Point Lobos.
On day two of your escape, you land in San Francisco for a day of sights, a cruise to Alcatraz Island and a tour of the jail. The next day, you venture outside the city to the Golden Gate Bridge and Park and the Sausalito and Muir Woods areas. Your day will be topped off with a wine tasting at Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma.
On day four, after taking off to Fresno, you start your Yosemite adventure with a chance to see the Grizzly Giant. (The aptly named Giant Sequoia is more than 2,000 years old.) After lunch, you will be taken on a tour of Yosemite National Park to see the legendary Half Dome, El Capitain and Mirror Lake.
On day five, it's Vegas, baby, with a visit to the Hoover Dam and some sightseeing on the docket. Day six will be the day you check the Grand Canyon off your list, before you cruise to Utah to visit Bryce Canyon National Park and Queen's Garden Trail.
And like magic, you are back in Las Vegas for dinner (magic being a high-speed plane, of course). The schedule for the last day of your escape is up to you: stroll the slots or hit the shops before heading home to LA that evening.
This escape is sure to answer the age-old question "why drive when you can fly?" — at a price that is a drop in a bucket.
- A seven-day, six-night "Western Wonder Experience" air cruise guided tour for one, departing from and returning to Los Angeles (priced per person, double occupancy — minimum of two tickets must be purchased)
- Departure dates include 22, 29 July, 5, 6, 9, 13, 16, 21, 23, 28 August, 2, 9, 13, 16, 23 September or 14 October ($1,315)
- Day one: Monterey, Carmel; day two: San Francisco; day three: San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods, Sonoma County; day four: Sonoma County, Yosemite, Fresno; day five: Fresno, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas; day six: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon; day seven: Las Vegas
- Overnight accommodations in four-star hotels each evening, as well as daily breakfast and dinner
- Book by 26 July