Spend a leisurely two weeks discovering the iconic West Coast of America on this escorted tour that has something for everyone. Explore the golden beaches of Santa Barbara, be inspired by the breathtaking beauty on display in some of the West Coast’s best National Parks, revel in the bright lights of Vegas or enjoy the laid back vibe of San Francisco as you wind your way through some of the most stunning trails in the USA.
Your West Coast escorted tour begins in Los Angeles. Journey through Palm Springs and Phoenix before arriving at the Grand Canyon. During your few days in this region explore such landmarks as Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and the Mammoth Lakes where you will encounter some of the most awe-inspiring vistas around – from outdoor landscapes, waterfalls, arid desert land and more.
You’ll savour a break from the great outdoors when you’re thrown into the buzz of Las Vegas where you can explore the phenomenal strip where each and every imposing hotel here boasts its own wonderland of thrills. San Francisco, your next city stop will be a welcome change of pace as you soak up the chilled out vibe of the city. Take a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf to enjoy some local seafood, be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store.
Yosemite National Park will follow where you can revel in the panorama made up of lakes, pristine pathways, majestic cliffs and more before winding your way back through the California coastal roads back to Los Angeles
- Visit San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco & Los Angeles
- Witness the majestic Grand Canyon
- Relive American western film history, witnessing the iconic western landscapes of Monument Valley
- Capture the unique rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Parky
- Traverse the lowest and driest spot within the western hemisphere: Death Valley National Park
- Explore the magnificent falls during a visit to majestic Yosemite National Park (weather permitting)
Los Angeles – San Diego – Los Angeles
Los Angeles - Palm Springs - Phoenix
Phoenix – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park - Monument Valley - Page / Lake Powell
Page/Lake Powell - Kanab - Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Las Vegas
Las Vegas – Death Valley – Mammoth Lakes**
Mammoth Lakes/Fresno** – Yosemite National Park/Sacrament
Sacramento – San Francisco
San Francisco (Napa Valley Optional)
San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel - Central Coast
Central Coast - Santa Barbara Santa Monica - Beverley Hills - Los Angeles
Day 1 Los Angeles
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel.
Day 2 Los Angeles – San Diego – Los Angeles
Travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second largest city in California, renowned for its year round mild weather. Following a city tour, visit picturesque Seaport Village and San Diego’s relaxing bayfront marketplace. Perhaps enjoy the opportunity for shopping. Return to Los Angeles for the evening
Day 3 Los Angeles - Palm Springs - Phoenix
Today your journey takes you through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. A sea of wind turbines marks the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Int’l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley
Day 4 Phoenix – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park
Travel through the Sonoran Desert the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona, a city encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths. Drive through the breath-taking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park to stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colourful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.
Day 5 Grand Canyon National Park - Monument Valley - Page / Lake Powell
Today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron and continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley. In the afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River. Evening at leisure.
Day 6 Page/Lake Powell - Kanab - Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here you’ll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell before entering the Mormon state of Utah to visit the spectacular Bryce Canyon.
Day 7 Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Las Vegas
Travel today to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind, time, and the Virgin River. This afternoon experience the contrast of Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World,” where round-the-clock shopping, nightly shows, and of course gambling are available.
Day 8 Las Vegas
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-calibre shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights, or “shop ‘til you drop” at designer outlets.
Day 9 Las Vegas – Death Valley – Mammoth Lakes**
Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be a sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch/Visitors Centre 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 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skinning terrain and beautiful mountain vistas.
Day 10 Mammoth Lakes/Fresno** – Yosemite National Park/Sacrament
Your journey brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here you will experience the valley floor and its spendours including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Captain, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in nearby Sacramento. **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 11 Sacramento – San Francisco
Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. “Q Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair Q ". Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).
Day 12 San Francisco (Napa Valley Optional)
Day at leisure! Take a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf to enjoy some local seafood, be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. You also may choose to embark on an optional wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery.
Day 13 San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel - Central Coast
Depart San Francisco this morning for the drive to the 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 14 Central Coast - Santa Barbara Santa Monica - Beverley Hills - 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 an orientation tour commences to include Hollywood, portions of Beverly Hills and Century City before arriving in Santa Monica, home to the finish line of Historic Route 66, where you may enjoy an optional lunch on the pier before arriving at your hotel.
Day 15 Los Angeles
Your tour ends upon check out from your hotel.