High Desert Discovery


  • 12 days

  • California

  • Active pace

tour : 8120

From

£1,638pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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Begin your budget-minded vacation in California with sightseeing in Los Angeles. You’ll take a guided tour through Beverly Hills, including Sunset Boulevard, the TCL Chinese Theater, and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tour the impressive Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum—complete with Air Force One. Go sightseeing on the Santa Monica Pier for ocean views from Malibu to the South Bay.

Venture into the high desert of California to Joshua Tree National Park, then on to the oasis resort town of Palm Springs. You’ll stop in Borrego Springs in the midst of incredible desert wilds of Anza-Borrego State Park—the largest state park in California. On to the Pacific Coast of San Diego. Included city sightseeing features the beautifully restored Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and Historic Old Town San Diego. Enjoy free time during your stay, perhaps with a harbor cruise or visit to the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Explore Historic Downtown Yuma, Arizona, on the Colorado River, then venture into the Sonoran Desert to Tucson. Take an excursion to Tombstone, and see gunslingers like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday reenact the Gunfight at O.K. Corral. Visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum—a fusion experience of zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Visit Old Town Scottsdale, then Sedona with its amazing stone formations catching the sun in brilliant hues. Explore Grand Canyon National Park with a free day to explore on your own—or on a helicopter flightseeing tour! Visit Seligman—birthplace of Route 66—and the Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman. Arrive in Las Vegas to enjoy the neon casinos along the “Strip.” Why not roll the dice to celebrate your affordable desert vacation tour?!

Highlights

LOS ANGELES
Sightseeing; guided tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum; visit Santa Monica Pier
PALM SPRINGS
Joshua Tree National Park
SAN DIEGO
Sightseeing
TUCSON
Day excursion to Tombstone, visit O.K. Corral, Historama Theatre, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
WILLIAMS
Historic Route 66
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
KINGMANVisit Arizona Route 66 Museum & Locomotive Park
LAS VEGAS
Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas “Strip”

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts

LOS ANGELES

Day
1

Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

LOS ANGELES

Day
2

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Beverly Hills, including Sunset Boulevard and the TCL Chinese Theatre movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the handprints of many celebrities. Then you’re off to the RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM for a guided tour. The museum and grounds are spectacular, with sweeping views of the Simi Valley, the surrounding mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Step aboard Air Force One, see a recreated Oval Office, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall, featuring parts of the wall itself, and more. Sightseeing ends with a visit to the Santa Monica Pier with views of Malibu and the South Bay. Free time to explore this picturesque seaside with endless sunshine and sea breezes. Return to Los Angeles where the evening is free.

LOS ANGELES–JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK–PALM SPRINGS

Day
3

Today begins with a visit to JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK with more than 800,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems, and a unique habitat, including the ancient Joshua trees. Continue to the desert playground of Palm Springs. Your afternoon is free for exploring the downtown area or joining the optional Palm Springs aerial tram—the world’s largest rotating tram car, with breathtaking views of the valley floor below.

PALM SPRINGS–BORREGO SPRINGS–SAN DIEGO

Day
4

This morning stop in Borrego Springs, set in the midst of Anza-Borrego State Park, the largest state park in the continental United States. A stop at the visitor’s center will get you on your way to discovering these desert wildlands. Follow the coast to charming San Diego, set around a sweeping bay. Included city sightseeing features the beautifully restored Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and Historic Old Town San Diego.

SAN DIEGO

Day
5

A full day at leisure. You may wish to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, enjoy a cruise around the harbor, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant.

SAN DIEGO–YUMA–TUCSON

Day
6

The true Southwest awaits you today. Time in Yuma, Arizona to explore the Historic Downtown located alongside the Colorado River. Journey through the Sonoran Desert to Tucson, a city of year-round sunshine, mountains, rich desert vegetation and saguaro sunsets.

TUCSON. DAY EXCURSION TO TOMBSTONE

Day
7

This morning journey east to historic Tombstone, nicknamed “The Town Too Tough to Die”. Reserved admission to the O.K. CORRAL and HISTORAMA THEATRE. See Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Virgil and Morgan Earp fight the McLaurys and Clantons in daily reenactments of the Gunfight at O.K. Corral, and learn what caused the legendary 30-second showdown. Afterward free time to stroll the wooden boardwalks along the dusty main street in this real mining town. Explore the numerous saloons, restaurants, and shops—each with its own history, legends and lore.

TUCSON–SCOTTSDALE

Day
8

Before leaving Tucson, visit the ARIZONA SONORA DESERT MUSEUM, a fusion experience of zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Continue to Scottsdale, where you can stroll the streets of Old Town Scottsdale with is many boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

SCOTTSDALE–SEDONA–WILLIAMS

Day
9

Today is all about Red Rock Country, also known as Sedona, where multi-hued stone juts upwards from the high desert floor creating formations that appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. Time has been set aside for independent activities. Perhaps join a jeep tour that takes you through the magnificent red rock canyons surrounding Sedona? Afterward, our journey continues to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as its Main Street. Enjoy one of the best preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character.

WILLIAMS. DAY EXCURSION TO GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Day
10

Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendor of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. The day is free to enjoy the park at your leisure. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

WILLIAMS–SELIGMAN–KINGMAN–LAS VEGAS

Day
11

Part of today’s journey is on Historic Route 66. Visit the iconic little town of Seligman, the birthplace of America’s main street, Route 66. Full of retro shops, diners, and motels, it’s the perfect place to step back in time. Stop in Kingman, the heart of Historic Route 66, and visit the ARIZONA ROUTE 66 MUSEUM and LOCOMOTIVE PARK. Leave Route 66 behind for the neon lights of Las Vegas. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.”

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

LAS VEGAS

Day
12

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Las Vegas further.

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Single share option available

Single share option is available on this tour: share a twin room with another traveller of the same gender to get a great deal on a holiday. No one else up for it? You'll enjoy a room to yourself at no extra cost!

Single share option available

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