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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. Drive along Oak Canyon Creek, one of the most photographed drives in the US, and stop in the New Age hotspot of Sedona, surrounded by its red-rock formations. And then cool down as you journey along the coastal route of 17-Mile Drive, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, dotted with pretty golf courses and million-dollar homes.
Get to know Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas on this western us tour with plenty of time to explore independently. Why not jump on board one a San Francisco cable car, or join an optional outing to a Las Vegas show? You’ll also relax in the charming smaller towns, exploring the historic waterfront and wharf of Monterey, walking around Little Denmark in Solvang, and making Carmel and Santa Barbara your own.
For those eager for a full Western US experience, this is the tour you’ve been looking for.
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
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Total meals included:
Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
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. The remainder of your day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions for further exploration of the city.
Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930’s laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible.
Travel through cacti covered desert towards Old Town Scottsdale where Western storefronts create an aura of the past. Afterward, 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.
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. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional helicopter sightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 6,093 feet into the Colorado River. Stay overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the main street.
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.”
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.
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.
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. Afterward, drive to Modesto.
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. Afterward, included sightseeing takes in the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf.
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. Afterward, the day is yours to explore the “City by the Bay.” Choose from a variety of optional excursions. Note: Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.
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 neighborhoods, enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach, or shop for bargains in Union Square.
Today, you travel south to picturesque Monterey, which was once Spain’s Californian capital, 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?
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.
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.
On holidays that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the travelling party must be 21 years of age or older.
Note: Maximum elevation on tour: 8,000 ft. (2,438m).
On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
No meals included
Welcome to Hawaii. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will quickly learn there is no place on earth like Hawaii.
Enjoy two days at leisure relaxing, or exploring Honolulu and the island of Oahu.
Your Hawaiian extension ends today.
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