Golden West Adventure

  • 17 Days

  • USA

  • Active pace

A West Coast tour that takes in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the dramatic, desert landscapes of Nevada and the Grand Canyon, the lush forests of Yosemite, and the historic coastal charms of San Francisco.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 6th October 2017

Meals included: 5 breakfasts,

Overview

A West Coast tour that takes in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the dramatic, desert landscapes of Nevada and the Grand Canyon, the lush forests of Yosemite, and the historic coastal charms of San Francisco.

At a glance

  • Los Angeles Tour the iconic sights of the ‘City of Angels’.
  • Las Vegas Casinos, cabaret, and light shows in the desert.
  • Yosemite National Park Crystal lakes framed by towering peaks.
  • San Francisco A West Coast gem with history, scenery and charm.
  • Monterey Artistic haven namechecked by novelist John Steinbeck.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Los Angeles
  • 7 nights hotel stay in Hawaii
  • 7 nights Mexican Riviera cruise

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Los Angeles

Fly to Los Angeles where you will transfer to your hotel for the next two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Los Angeles

Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of this sprawling West Coast metropolis, including a drive through Hollywood. The rest of the day is yours to explore the attractions of this famous Californian city. Head to Olvera St and wander the craft shops and restaurants of its historic tree-shaded, pedestrian marketplace; or visit the heart of the original Spanish Mission.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Los Angeles - Palm Springs - Scottsdale

Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs, just 120 miles east of Los Angeles. 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. Ocotillo and cholla cacti dot the desert landscape as you cross the great Colorado River and continue into Arizona, where the unmistakable saguaro cacti stand sentinel. Arrive late this afternoon in the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff

First stop is Sedona, a thriving centre for New Age arts set in canyon country. Next, pass through the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon, the San Francisco mountains and beautiful pine forests to the Grand Canyon, where there is time to stroll the canyon rim. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience you may choose to take an optional helicopter 'flightseeing' excursion for incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 6,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight stay in Flagstaff.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Scottsdale - Las Vegas

Leave the mountain town of Flagstaff on Historic Route 66 and cross the old Mojave gold strike country, which still bears traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. By late afternoon reach Las Vegas, fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Las Vegas

Las Vegas offers a variety of spectacular attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. There are two full days to explore the 'Strip', with its varied casinos and resorts, shopping plazas and amusements. Perhaps take an optional excursion, including river rafting through the Black Canyon on the Colorado River or a visit to Boulder City and the Hoover Dam.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Las Vegas

A full day to explore Las Vegas at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Las Vegas - Fresno

Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Overnight in Fresno.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Fresno - Yosemite National Park - Turlock

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. Afterwards, continue to Turlock.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Turlock - Sausalito - San Francisco

This morning continue west to the 'Golden Gate City' of San Francisco, famous for its hills and cable cars. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of San Francisco including the iconic Golden Gate Bridge followed by a visit to Fisherman's Wharf.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

San Francisco

You have a free day to get under the skin of this attractive city that constantly reinvents itself. Ride the city’s historic cable cars or take a walking tour in one of the many interesting quarters, such as The Castro – one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the United States. Enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach and shop for bargains in Union Square.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

San Francisco

This morning, visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterwards, the day is at leisure to explore the "City by the Bay." NOTE: The Alcatraz Prison visit has a value of $35.50 which is included in the price.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

San Francisco - Monterey

Head to picturesque Monterey, once Spain's Californian capital, and visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, who described it as "a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream”. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Monterey - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel - Solvang

Take the 17-Mile Drive for perfect views of the Pacific Ocean rolling in on the wide, sandy beaches en-route to Carmel, the popular West Coast retreat for artists and celebrities. Afterwards, pick up the Old Spanish Mission Trail to Solvang, the Danish Capital of America, and the setting for the movie 'Sideways'. Wander its flower-lined village streets past old-world architecture. Windmills, thatched roofs and tasty bakery treats all add to the charms of Solvang, nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Solvang - Santa Barbara - Santa Monica - Los Angeles

A short drive this morning to coastal Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic Mission Santa Barbara and a visit to the pier on the lively waterfront. Next, travel to Santa Monica: the ultimate Southern California beach. Arrive in Los Angeles area later this afternoon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Los Angeles - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Los Angeles or Hawaii.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Los Angeles: L.A Hotel Downtown
  • Scottsdale: Holiday Inn Express Old Town
  • Flagstaff: Days Hotel
  • Las Vegas: Harrah's Las Vegas
  • Fresno: Best Western Village Inn
  • Turlock: Best Western Orchard Inn
  • San Francisco: Executive Vintage Court
  • Monterey: Days Inn Monterey Downtown
  • Solvang: Holiday Inn Express Solvang

Notes

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,945 ft.

Important: For 2018 the visit to Alcatraz will not be an included item.

Accommodation as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

2nd August 2017

Great way to see many places.

14th June 2017

the actual holiday was well planned , and executed very well , the tour guide Craig , exceptional, we enjoyed it very much , pity it was completely ruined by cosmos lack of thought , ( see my comments on the flights )and inability to help us .

3rd May 2017

This was a trip we had planned for some time and the experience lived up to our expectations

3rd May 2017

Brilliant trip which took us to some amazing places!

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