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
- Welcome reception to meet your fellow travellers
- Full day visit and tour of San Diego
- Visit Palm Springs
- Relive American western film history witnessing the iconic landscapes of Monument Valley
- Escorted walk to Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park
- Enjoy a touch of Europe in the Danish community of Solvang
- Sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf
- Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles
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 – Yosemite National Park
Yosemite – 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 Los Angeles International Airport and transfer via shuttle bus to the hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.
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 Bay front marketplace, perhaps enjoy some shopping. Return to Los Angeles for the night.
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 situated in a unique geological area and encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Majestic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. 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
As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron. Continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most iconic 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, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Enter the Mormon state of Utah, pass through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and take in the aroma of pinewood campfire.
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
Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas. 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 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 renown for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.
Day 10 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 nearby Modesto.
Day 11 Yosemite – 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! 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 you 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 may choose to embark on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery (optional)..
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. Spend the night 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 palmlined 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 Beverly Hills and Hollywood before arriving at your hotel.
Day 15 Los Angeles
Your tour ends upon check out from your hotel.