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Cosmos escorted tours
Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
Experience the best of the West on this thrilling adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, scenic drives, and unique rock formations. This western U.S. tour begins and ends in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Fresno, Tulare, Modesto, San Francisco, Monterey, and Solvang.
Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can stroll the rim and witness truly breathtaking landscapes, and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. More beautiful scenery awaits you on the drive between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon. Witness stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., and stop in Sedona, a thriving center of New Age set in massive red-rock formations. In contrast to the desert landscapes, enjoy 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll witness views of waves, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and million-dollar homes.
On this western U.S. tour, spend time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with plenty of time on your own to explore. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars and enjoy an optional outing to see a Las Vegas show—the choice is yours! Other tour highlights are time in Carmel, a quaint and picturesque town; Monterey, where you’ll visit Fisherman’s Wharf, known for its historic waterfront, and Cannery Row, the famous street that runs parallel to Monterey Bay’s coastline; Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with scenic buildings and windmills; and Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission.
This is the perfect holiday for value-minded travellers!
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
4 days: Hawaii extension
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.
It was ok not enough leisure time when we got to hotels if it had pool u did not have enough time to use it and go and look round and have meal as leaving next morning two and three night on hotels were great the best western hotels did not like a big company like cosmos I thought could have done better especially the one in Modesto did not even have a bar we like a drink on hols so we had to go and find a bar also on the coach Ken gave us a form asking what place we were looking forward to most and were we celebrateing anything my Husband said yes the trip was for my birthday as my birthday was when we were away so we thought he would mention my birthday on the coach but he did not so why ask if we were celebrating anything so we were a bit disappointed with a couple of things
Excellent pace and good locations. Greatly enhanced by a good guide and driver.
Great way to see many places.
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 .
This was a trip we had planned for some time and the experience lived up to our expectations
Brilliant trip which took us to some amazing places!
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Fly to Los Angeles where you will transfer to your hotel for the next two nights.
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 oncein- 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.
Alternatively, extend your holiday and fly to Hawaii to enjoy extra days at leisure, relaxing.
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
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.
Cosmos, in partnership with Tourism Cares,™ has funded the preservation/restoration of YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, which you will see on this holiday.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The L.A. Hotel Downtown, located in the financial, entertainment and theatre district of downtown Los Angeles, is a 14-story hotel with award-winning architectural design, mirrored facade and glass-enclosed atrium.
333 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA USA
Rid yourself of travel worries when you book at Courtyard Palm Springs, offering an oasis of comfort and convenience. With our location just a mile from Palm Springs International Airport, you can travel from your gate to guest room in a breeze. Unwind in our spacious hotel rooms and suites offering plush bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi to keep you comfortable and connected.
1300 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Located conveniently steps from Old Town Scottsdale, this Art Deco hotel offers a resort style atmosphere. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre.
4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Designed to resemble the century-old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel-which was opened by the Santa Fe Railroad as a Harvey House-the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is your ideal choice before embarking for Grand Canyon National Park. All guest rooms feature triple sheeting and home comforts; the hotel offers a wide assortment of activities and amenities. Historic, yet ideally updated, it's the perfect place to enjoy your getaway in the Grand Canyon.
233 North Grand Canyon, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
SLS Las Vegas features over 1,300 guestrooms in two distinct hotel towers—Story and World™—each with a unique personality, designed to offer contemporary and stylish settings for an amazing Las Vegas resort getaway! The hotel features multiple restaurants, casino, outdoor pool, a spa and shopping.
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Each well-appointed, spacious room at the Best Western Town & Country Lodge features free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a microwave and refrigerator. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, bar/lounge, and a well-equipped exercise facility.
1051 N Blackstone St, Tulare, CA 93274, USA
Situated in Modesto, Best Western Palm Court Inn has an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Additional amenities include coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, complimentary newspapers, refrigerators, and satellite TV.
2001 W Orangeburg Ave, Modesto, CA 95350, USA
The Hotel Carlton is a historic, LEED-EB O&M Gold Certified boutique hotel with an international theme and bohemian flair located in San Francisco. It is conveniently located within 10 blocks of Union Square and within easy walking distance of the city's many world renowned restaurants and shops.
1075 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Experience stylish accommodations in Monterey that is convenient to all attractions, while providing ultimate comfort.
850 Abrego St, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Conveniently located in the Santa Ynez Valley, this hotel is within walking distance of local shops, restaurants, and the wine tasting rooms of Solvang, a charming Danish town. Features at this hotel include an outdoor pool, a business centre, and 82 well appointed guestrooms.
1455 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, USA
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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From the gorgeous national parks to the thrilling cities, this western U.S. tour through California, Arizona, and Nevada features unique rock formations, scenic drives, deep canyons, and sparkling waterfalls and lakes—not to mention fun in some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour starts in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Tulare, Modesto, and San Francisco.
You’ll visit two of the West’s most famous and beautiful national parks, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Yosemite National Park in California. Stroll the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and stand in awe as you witness the breathtaking scenery. In Yosemite National Park, have your camera ready for the giant granite domes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and more. But that’s not all…you’ll also witness spectacular scenery on your drives. Between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon, you’ll see Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, known as one of America’s most beautiful drives and home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone, and you’ll stop in Sedona, with the massive red-rock formations that make the area famous. Between Williams and Las Vegas, watch for Joshua trees, which can grow to be more than 40 feet tall. Between Las Vegas and Tulare, you’ll witness the vast Mojave Desert.
Enjoy sightseeing in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars or enjoy an optional outing to Alcatraz Prison, the federal penitentiary that once housed Al Capone and other notorious criminals—the choice is yours! Free time in each city—including Las Vegas—gives you time to explore on your own or to take optional excursions.
Breathtaking scenery, exciting cities, scenic drives, and more…this western U.S. tour is a perfect holiday for savvy, value-minded travellers.
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Breathtaking glacier lakes, rugged mountains, stunning waterfalls, fascinating geysers, and the “big sky”—these and much more wait for you on this National Parks tour. Your tour starts in Salt Lake City, ends in Seattle, and overnights along the way in Jackson, West Yellowstone, Helena, Kalispell, and Spokane. Visit Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls of Yellowstone’s impressive Upper and Lower Falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls. Witness Old Faithful Geyser as it explodes into the air, and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you travel the park.
A highlight of this western National Parks tour is your ride on the vintage Red Jammer bus in Glacier National Park, with its pristine forests, jagged mountains, alpine meadows, and gorgeous lakes. You’ll drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of North America’s most spectacular roadways. Hugging the mountainside, witness stunning scenery along the way. Words and photos cannot capture the beauty—you must witness it in person! This National Parks tour also includes sightseeing in Seattle, and a stop at the National Bison Range with a chance to watch for bison, elk, antelope, and mountain sheep. Scenic drives will let you discover why Montana is called Big Sky Country. For the value-minded traveller, this tour is the perfect holiday!
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