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Discover the best of Western America on this exhilarating adventure that explores its exciting cities, dramatic mountains, epic drives and unique rocky landscapes. This western US tour starts and finishes in Los Angeles, and includes overnight stays in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Fresno, Tulare, Modesto, Monterey and Solvang. You’ll spend time in the mighty Grand Canyon National Park, where you can hike around the rim and enjoy the dramatic views; and Yosemite, where cascading waterfalls, granite domes, climactic peaks and wild meadows soothe and inspire.
- Los Angeles Sightseeing
- Grand Canyon National Park Sightseeing
- Williams Historic Route 66
- Las Vegas Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas “Strip”
- Yosemite National Park Sightseeing
- San Francisco Sightseeing; Golden Gate Bridge
- Monterey Sightseeing including Cannery Row, 17-Mile Drive, and Carmel
- Santa Barbara Sightseeing
- Private home pick-up service
- Services of a tour director
- 4 breakfasts
Day 1 - Los Angeles
Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2 - Los Angeles
Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown. Drive through Hollywood and see the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. A historic gem, this world-famous cinema (formerly, Grauman’s), has hosted some of the most exclusive movie premieres in Hollywood history. The Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater) is the first permanent home of the glamorous Academy Awards. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame where iconic terrazzo stars grace block after city block of Hollywood Boulevard and Street-air Farmers Market, with more than 140 shops and restaurants.
Day 3 - Los Angeles - Palm Springs
Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930s laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible.
Day 4 - Palm Springs - Scottsdale
Travel through cacti covered desert towards Old Town Scottsdale where Western storefronts create an aura of the past. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore a taste of the Old West with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats abundant, you will feel like you have travelled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.
Day 5 - Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams
First stop today is a visit to Sedona, a centre for Southwestern and New Age arts. Climb through Oak Creek Canyon with its weather-sculpted formations of dramatic, colour-tinted crags. Then pass by the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Day 6 -Williams - Las Vegas
Cross the old Mohave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in the natural desert beauty. Look out for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to 40 feet high and can live for more than 300 years. Today’s destination is the man-made phenomenon in the Nevada desert that is Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colourful “Strip.”
Day 7 - Las Vegas
The day is free for exploring on your own. Your Tour Director will have plenty of activities to choose from and will recommend favourite restaurants and shopping areas.
Day 8 - Las Vegas - Tulare
Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. See the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Day 9 - Tulare - Yosemite National Park - Modesto
Enter Yosemite national park, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterwards, drive to Modesto.
Day 10 - Modesto - Sausalito - San Francisco
This morning, we continue west to the “Golden Gate City” of San Francisco, famous for its cable cars. Lunch in the pristine waterfront community of Sausalito. Free time to explore this quaint, Mediterranean-style village’s shops, galleries, and breathtaking views. Afterwards, included sightseeing takes in the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 11 - San Francisco
The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterwards, the day is yours to explore the “City by the Bay.”
Day 12 - San Francisco
Another day at leisure to explore this most beautiful city. Perhaps ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach, or shop for bargains in Union Square.
Day 13 -San Francisco - Monterey
Today, you travel south to picturesque Monterey, which was once Spain’s Californian capita, and visit historic Fisherman’s Wharf, where you may spot sea lions and otters. This afternoon, travel to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life?
Day 14 - Monterey - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel - Solvang
Today, you’ll take in spectacular 17-Mile Drive. Watch Pacific Ocean waves en route to Carmel on Carmel Bay. Nestled in a pine forest, the one-square-mile village of Carmel is incredibly dynamic, yet still quaint and picturesque. Afterward, on to Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. There’s time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the “Old World” architecture. Tasty bakery treats and perhaps a Danish smorgasbord for dinner all add to the unique experience.
Day 15 - Solvang - Santa Barbara - Santa Monica - Los Angeles
From Solvang, it’s a short drive south to coastal Santa Barbara. Sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission and a visit to the pier. There’s time to wander along the bustling waterfront or do some shopping in some of the most talked-about boutiques in downtown Santa Barbara. Next, we make our way to the Santa Monica Pier and the ultimate Southern California beach. Afterward, guests with outbound flights will head to Los Angeles International Airport.
Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!
Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us for more details.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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