This escorted tour of California and it’s surrounding areas in the Golden West is a must for anyone looking to get the best of the West Coast on their American holiday. The tour begins and ends in Los Angeles and in between journey through California, Nevada and Arizona taking in some of the best and most iconic sites on the West Coast.
Start your holiday with some free time in Los Angeles before joining your group and heading along the coast to the sweeping bay of San Diego where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour. Leave San Diego behind and cross into Arizona, stopping in Scottsdale before arriving at The Grand Canyon, one of the many highlights of this escorted tour. Get back on the road along the ‘Mother Road, Route 66 and head towards Las Vegas, a man-made neon oasis right in the middle of the desert. Enjoy two nights in Sin City taking in the famous strip and all that this iconic city has to offer.
Your tour continues through the Mojave Desert and on to Yosemite National Park, where nothing can quite prepare you for the incredible scenery on show. From here continue to San Francisco for two nights where you will have both organised sightseeing tours and your own time to enjoy this iconic city. Then soak some of the best coastal scenery in America as you travel from San Francisco through Carmel, Monterey, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara as the tour makes it’s way back to Los Angeles where it will come to an end.
The Exciting Parts
- Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea and stroll down Ocean Avenue
- Witness the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore the Strip in Las Vegas
- Feel like a movie star in Los Angeles as you stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Santa Monica
- Soak up the sun on the beaches of San Diego
- Explore the incredible scenery and nature in Yosemite National Park
- Get familiar with the iconic sites of San Francisco
Arrive Los Angeles (2 nights)
Los Angeles Sightseeing and Free Time
Los Angeles - San Diego
San Diego - Scottsdale
Scottsdale - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff
Flagstaff - Historic Route 66 - Las Vegas (2 nights)
Las Vegas Free Time
Las Vegas - Visalia
Visalia - Yosemite National Park - Modesto
Modesto - San Francisco (2 nights)
San Francisco Free Time
San Francisco - Carmel - Monterey - Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara - Depart Los Angeles
Day 1 Arrive Los Angeles (2 nights)
Welcome to Los Angeles, the city of glitz and glamour. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
HOTEL: Red Lion Anaheim (or similar)
Day 2 Los Angeles Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, see the best Los Angeles has to offer. Stop at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre. Drive along the Sunset Strip and stop in Santa Monica. The afternoon and evening are free.
Day 3 Los Angeles - San Diego
Head along the coast to charming San Diego, set around a sweeping bay. Enjoy a sightseeing tour and discover the beautifully restored Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Historic Old Town San Diego.
HOTEL: Days Inn (or similar)
Day 4 San Diego - Scottsdale
Leaving the coast behind you, cross the Arizona state line and Colorado River before heading to the Valley of the Sun and fashionable Scottsdale.
HOTEL: The Saguaro Scottsdale (or similar)
Day 5 Scottsdale - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff
Head for the Grand Canyon and meet with a Local Specialist who walks you through the geological life of the canyon. Examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation. Later this afternoon, arrive in Flagstaff, a famous outpost on historic Route 66.
HOTEL: Ramada Flagstaff East (or similar)
Day 6 Flagstaff - Historic Route 66 - Las Vegas (2 nights)
Call in at Seligman and Kingman, two iconic outposts along the celebrated "Mother Road." Arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas-a man-made neon oasis right in the middle of the desert.
HOTEL: Circus Circus Las Vegas (or similar)
Day 7 Las Vegas Free Time
Enjoy a free day in Las Vegas to pursue your own interests.
Day 8 Las Vegas - Visalia
Drive through the stark Mojave Desert before climbing up to the Great Basin Desert through the magnificent mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Continue through the vast plains of the San Joaquin Valley and arrive in Visalia.
HOTEL: Wyndham Visalia (or similar)
Day 9 Visalia - Yosemite National Park - Modesto
Nothing can quite prepare you for the incredible scenery of Yosemite National Park. Be surrounded by breath taking panoramas of lush forests and verdant meadows framed by El Capitan and iconic Half Dome. Overnight in Modesto, the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas in the nation.
HOTEL: Baymont Inn and Suites (or similar)
Day 10 Modesto - San Francisco (2 nights)
Travel back toward the California coast, across the Bay Bridge and into San Francisco. Enjoy a city tour that includes some of the most famous sites in this fascinating city.
HOTEL: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (or similar)
Day 11 San Francisco Free Time
In the morning, enjoy an Iconic Breakfast at Boudin Bakery, a San Francisco institution since 1849. The rest of the day is free; your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day.
Day 12 San Francisco - Carmel - Monterey - Pismo Beach
Today, head for Monterey, California's first capital. Stop in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea and enjoy a stroll down Ocean Avenue. Drive along renowned 17 Mile Drive. Enjoy some of the most beautiful coastal scenery anywhere and watch for sea lions, sea otters and other marine life along the way. Take in the views of Pacific Grove and soak in a bit of California history at Monterey's Cannery Row before arriving at your hotel in Pismo Beach.
HOTEL: Oxford Suites Pismo Beach (or similar)
Day 13 Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara
Travel through the scenic wine country of the Central Coast before arriving at the popular Mediterranean style resort town of Santa Barbara. This old mission town is famous for its Spanish look of red tiled roofs and bougainvillea-covered walls.
Stroll down the main street before settling in at your hotel.
HOTEL: Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
Day 14 Santa Barbara - Depart Los Angeles
Continue down the coast and back to Los Angeles. Soak in the sun and sea air with a stop in Venice Beach before your trip comes to an end at Los Angeles International Airport.