Eight days of dramatic landscapes, loveable cities and attractive resorts sum up the vividly rich Western Panorama tour which kicks off in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Expect to marvel at hotel complexes, their sheer scale and ability to stimulate your every sense and venture inside any of them to experience real Vegas hospitality.
You’ll say farewell to the playground in favour of an arid trail through Death Valley and onward across the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to the Alpine resort of Mammoth Lakes, which you can explore with an optional gondola ride!
Still hungry for more? Then your onward journey to San Francisco will continue to impress while an all-inclusive tour in the city of revolutions will leave you feeling liberated and ready to celebrate in the lush Napa Valley where world-famous wines originate but that’s only if you want to. A day in San Fran is at your own leisure so you can easily tailor an outing to accommodate your own personal interests – perhaps gazing over at the notorious Alcatraz from the beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf might suit you better? Santa Monica, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles are up next where you will conclude a fantastic and varied tour of the west.
Grand Central Market in Los Angeles is frenzied and sawdust-sprinkled, and has some fun nosh spots.
Las Vegas - First thing I'd think of is to pick up an LV Weekly to see what's going on when you arrive- there's always live music, shows, comedy, events, etc.
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San Francisco - Hop on one of San Francisco's vintage F-Line streetcars, and for $1.50 take a grand tour of downtown and Fisherman's Wharf by rail.
Los Angeles Arrival
Los Angeles - Las Vegas
Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Gateway - San Francisco
San Francisco (Napa Valley)
San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel - Shell/Pismo Beach
Shell/Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles
Day 1 Los Angeles Arrival
Transfer via shuttle bus to your hotel. Evening at leisure.
Day 2 Los Angeles - Las Vegas
Meet your Tour Director and depart for Las Vegas, the glittering entertainment capital of the world, for non-stop fun, gambling and world-class entertainment. Motorcoach tour commences. Passengers should meet in the lobby of the designated Hotel at 08:30 hours for an 09:00 hours departure.
Day 3 Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes
Your tour stops at the iconic welcome sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas. Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before continuing across the valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort town of Mammoth Lakes**. The area gained prominence as a gold mining town in the 18th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.
Day 4 Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park
Arise with the morning sun and join us for an optional seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth and enjoy a tasty breakfast as you survey a most stunning view of California from its desert floor to its lofty peaks. Next, your journey today brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here, you will experience the valley floor and its splendors including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in the Yosemite Gateway. **Winter Routing. The Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia and a visit to Mammoth Lakes will not be possible (winter routing applies to all departures between October and May under normal snow conditions.)
Day 5 Yosemite Gateway - San Francisco
Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. “ Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair". Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening to take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).
Day 6 San Francisco (Napa Valley)
Day of leisure! Your Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day: perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where one may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. You also have the option to take wine tasting tour of Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery (optional).
Day 7 San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel - Shell/Pismo Beach
Depart San Francisco this morning for the drive to Monterey Peninsula, known for its magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman's Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Then tour charming Carmel-by-the-sea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores. In the afternoon your tour continues through Paso Robles, home of fine wineries. Overnight in a quaint Central California Coast Town.
Day 8 Shell/Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles
Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you’ll stop in Santa Monica, home to the “Finish Line” of historic Route 66 where you may enjoy an optional lunch on the pier or a beach bike ride. Your afternoon tour of “The City of Angels” continues with exciting sights of Beverly Hills and Hollywood before arriving at your hotel where your tour concludes.