Western Explorer


  • Western USA

  • Active pace

Tour : AZ

Overview

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Experience the best of the West on this grand adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, unique rock formations, and serene lakes. This National Parks tour begins in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in San Diego, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, and Cambria.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can enjoy a majestic sunset; and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. Spend two nights in sunny San Diego as well as time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with sightseeing and time on your own. On this National Parks tour, Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you. In Las Vegas, explore the Mob Museum on a private guided tour followed by a trip to dazzling Freemont Street. Another fun experience is a visit to San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden, where you’ll learn about the park and have time to explore its five acres.

From the exciting cities to the amazing scenery and from the desert landscapes to the sparkling lakes, this National Parks tour has it all. Grab your camera and get ready for a remarkable holiday!

Highlights

Los Angeles Sightseeing; farewell dinner

San Diego Sightseeing

Grand Canyon National Park Sightseeing

Las Vegas Orientation tour; guided tour of the Mob Museum, Freemont Street Experience

Yosemite National Park Sightseeing

San Francisco Sightseeing; Japanese Tea Garden

Monterey Sightseeing including 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach

Carmel Visit this seaside town

Solvang Visit the quaint Denmark-inspired village and enjoy a local speciality

Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Los Angeles

Day
1

Welcome to the Golden State! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Los Angeles – San Diego

Day
2

Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street—the oldest thoroughfare in the city—to Hollywood. Take the opportunity to step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, and also see Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. This afternoon, travel to sunny San Diego. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Diego

Day
3

Sightseeing in San Diego includes Old Town, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. You may wish to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, enjoy a cruise around the harbour, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego - Yuma –Scottsdale

Day
4

Today, travel inland across California and into Arizona. Stop in Yuma, nestled on the Colorado River and famous for its Wild West history. Continue to Scottsdale, where this evening you can stroll the streets of Old Town Scottsdale with is many boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Scottsdale –Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Day
5

Depart Scottsdale and travel north through cactus-studded scenery for a break in Sedona. Then, set out for one of America’s most beautiful drives as you journey through Oak Creek Canyon, home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone. Arrive this afternoon at GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The spectacular beauty of this famous attraction draws more than 5 million visitors a year from around the globe. This evening, be sure to watch the spectacular sunset.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Grand Canyon National Park

Day
6

There’s time this morning for an optional ‘flightseeing’ excursion over the Grand Canyon—an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, set out to explore the Grand Canyon and learn about its geology and how the canyon was carved. This afternoon, you are free to explore at your own pace. Perhaps join a ranger programme, take a nature walk, or just relax and enjoy the views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas

Day
7

Today, head to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, where one-armed bandits, dazzling neon lights, and the incredible Las Vegas Strip awaits. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel for a 2-night stay. Your resort hotel is located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to the mega-casinos and plentiful restaurants. Tonight, head to downtown Las Vegas and experience a private tour of the MOB MUSEUM to learn about the impact of organised crime on Las Vegas history. Hear the real stories and learn about the actual events from all sides. Afterward, be dazzled by the light show at the FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Las Vegas

Day
8

Enjoy a full day on your own to explore the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Your Tour Director will have tips and suggestions to make the most of your stay, as well as a range of optional excursions—from scenic helicopter flights to elaborate shows.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Las Vegas - Mammoth Lakes

Day
9

A day of striking contrast as you journey across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Stay overnight in Mammoth Lakes, just steps away from the base of Mammoth Mountain in the eastern Sierra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Day
10

Leave Mammoth Lakes for YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. Inside the park, you’ll descend to the valley floor for sightseeing of this wonderland of lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forest, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Tenaya Lodge is nestled among towering Sugar Pines in the Sierra National Forest offering an elegant stay with access to five restaurants, a world-class spa, three pools, and refined rooms with deluxe amenities. The pinnacle of Yosemite area lodging and a significant extra when travelling with Globus.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

Day
11

This morning, visit Mariposa Grove, home to the largest grove of Sequoias in the park, before journeying from mountainous beauty to vibrant San Francisco. Tonight, enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Francisco

Day
12

Our included sightseeing tour takes in Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Next, visit the JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, or the Aquarium of the Bay. Or, discover the hippie-era bookstores and shops in the Haight-Ashbury district, ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, or visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Francisco – Monterey –Carmel – Big Sur – Cambria

Day
13

This morning, visit Monterey, one of California’s most beautiful coastal towns, where you’ll see Cannery Row, immortalised by author John Steinbeck. Don’t miss the characteristic sea lions that call this area home. Then, it’s on to spectacular 17-MILE DRIVE and Pebble Beach with the chance to see the famous Lone Cypress tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Next, visit Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Then, journey through Big Sur with its spectacular coastline and majestic mountains. Spend the evening in charming Cambria.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cambria – Solvang – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles

Day
14

Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy coffee and a DANISH SPECIALITY at a local bakery, with free time to browse through the charming shops. Travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Los Angeles

Day
15

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual transfers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This holiday visits national parks and other remote locations where facilities may not be up to the first-class standard you expect from Globus. Some lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, televisions, and other amenities you would expect from most Globus hotels.

Maximum elevation on tour: 8,000 ft.

NOTE: Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.

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.

Extend your tour and see even more

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.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Los Angeles

Day
1

Fly to Los Angeles where, on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening join your travelling companions and tour director for a welcome drink.

Los Angeles - San Diego

Day
2

Begin today with a sightseeing tour of the 'City of Angels' to explore the attractions of this famous city. See the sights of Los Angeles such as Hollywood and Olvera Street, the oldest thoroughfare in the city. Step into the shoes of famous actors at TCL Chinese Theatre or visit Sunset Strip and the luxurious shopping district of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This afternoon travel to San Diego. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Diego

Day
3

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Diego that includes Old Town, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps make time to visit the charming San Diego Zoo or enjoy a cruise around the harbour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego - Yuma - Scottsdale

Day
4

Today, travel inland across California and into Arizona. First there is a stop in Yuma, nestling on the Colorado River and famous for its Wild West History. Continue to Scottsdale where the rest of the evening is free. Perhaps visit Old Town Scottsdale with it's boutique's, art galleries and restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park

Day
5

Head towards the Grand Canyon National Park today through cactus-studded scenery. There will be a stop in Sedona before setting out on one of America's most beautiful drives through Oak Creek Canyon, home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone. This afternoon arrive at Grand Canyon National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This evening don't miss the spectacular sunset.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Grand Canyon National Park

Day
6

This morning, why not take an optional flightseeing excursion over the Grand Canyon? Later, get to explore the Grand Canyon and learn about its geology and how the canyon was carved. This afternoon is at leisure to further explore this natural wonder.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas

Day
7

Today, head to the desert oasis of Las Vegas where the incredible Las Vegas strip awaits. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel for two nights. The resort hotel is located in the heart of the 'strip' for easy access to the mega-casinos and plentiful restaurants. Tonight, head to downtown Las Vegas and experience a private tour of the Mob Museum to learn about the impact of organised crime on the history of Las Vegas. Hear the real stories and learn about the actual events from all sides. Afterwards, be dazzled by the light show at the famous Fremont Street Experience.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Las Vegas

Day
8

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Las Vegas further.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Las Vegas - Mammoth Lakes

Day
9

A day of striking contrast travelling across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing back into California. Overnight in Mammoth Lakes in the shadow of Mammoth Mountain in the eastern Sierra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park

Day
10

Head to Yosemite National Park today. Inside the park descend to the valley floor for sightseeing of this wonderland of lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forest, giant granite domes, pinnacles and mountains.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

Day
11

Continue from mountainous beauty to the vibrant city of San Francisco. Perhaps join an optional dinner outing this evening?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Francisco

Day
12

Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco that includes Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman's Wharf and much more. Next visit the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese planes, serene Koi Ponds, pagodas and more. This afternoon is free to explore this amazing city independently. Must do's include a ride on one of the famous cable cars up the steep streets or take a boat over to Alcatraz Prison in the middle of the bay. This evening is at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Francisco - Monterey - Big Sur - Cambria

Day
13

This morning, visit Monterey, one of California's most beautiful coastal towns. See Cannary Row, immortalised by author John Steinbeck. Then it is on to the spectacular 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach with the chance to see the famous Lone Cypress tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Afterwards, visit Carmel and onto through the Big Sur with it's spectacular coastline and majestic mountains. The evening will be spent in Cambria.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cambria - Solvang - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Day
14

Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy a coffee and a Danish Speciality at a local bakery. There is freetime to explore the charming shops. Continue through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Later arrive in Los Angeles where the Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Los Angeles - UK

Day
15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

Things to note

This holiday visits national parks and other remote locations where facilities may not be up to the first-class standard you expect from Globus. Some lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, televisions, and other amenities you would expect from most Globus hotels.

Maximum elevation on tour: 8,000 ft.

NOTE: Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.

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.

Extend your tour and see even more

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.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Los Angeles

Day
1

This evening join your travelling companions and tour director for a welcome drink.

Los Angeles - San Diego

Day
2

Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street—the oldest thoroughfare in the city to Hollywood. Take the opportunity to step into the foot prints of famous movie stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, and also see Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. This afternoon, travel to sunny San Diego. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Diego

Day
3

Sightseeing in San Diego includes Old Town, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. You may wish to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, enjoy a cruise around the harbour, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego - Yuma - Scottsdale

Day
4

Today, travel inland across California and into Arizona. Stop in Yuma, nestled on the Colorado River and famous for its Wild West history. Continue to Scottsdale, where this evening you can stroll the streets of Old Town Scottsdale with is many boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park

Day
5

Depart Scottsdale and travel north through cactus-studded scenery for a break in Sedona. Then, set out for one of America’s most beautiful drives as you journey through Oak Creek Canyon, home to brilliantly-hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone. Arrive this afternoon at Grand Canyon National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The spectacular beauty of this famous attraction draws more than 5 million visitors a year from around the globe. This evening, be sure to watch the spectacular sunset.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Grand Canyon National Park

Day
6

There’s time this morning for an optional flightseeing excursion over the Grand Canyon—an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, set out to explore the Grand Canyon and learn about its geology and how the canyon was carved. This afternoon, you are free to explore at your own pace. Perhaps join a ranger programme, take a nature walk, or just relax and enjoy the views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas

Day
7

Today, head to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, where one-armed bandits, dazzling neon lights, and the incredible Las Vegas Strip awaits. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel for a 2-night stay. Your resort hotel is located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to the mega-casinos and plentiful restaurants. Tonight, head to downtown Las Vegas and experience a private tour of the Mob Museum to learn about the impact of organised crime on Las Vegas history. Hear the real stories and learn about the actual events from all sides. Afterward, be dazzled by the light show at the Fremont Street Experience.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Las Vegas

Day
8

Enjoy a full day on your own to explore the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Your tour director will have tips and suggestions to make the most of your stay, as well as a range of optional excursions—from scenic helicopter flights to elaborate shows.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Las Vegas - Mammoth Lakes

Day
9

A day of striking contrast as you journey across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Stay overnight in Mammoth Lakes, just steps away from the base of Mammoth Mountain in the eastern Sierra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park

Day
10

Leave Mammoth Lakes for Yosemite National Park. Inside the park, you will descend to the valley floor for sightseeing of this wonderland of lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forest, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

Day
11

This morning’s journey takes you from mountainous beauty to the vibrant city of San Francisco. Tonight, why not join us for an optional dinner outing?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Francisco

Day
12

Our included sightseeing tour takes in Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Next, visit the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, or the Aquarium of the Bay. Or, discover the hippie-era bookstores and shops in the Haight-Ashbury district, ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, or visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Francisco - Monterey - Big Sur - Cambria

Day
13

This morning, visit Monterey, one of California’s most beautiful coastal towns, where you’ll see Cannery Row, immortalised by author John Steinbeck. Then, it’s on to spectacular 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach with the chance to see the famous Lone Cypress tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Next, visit Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Then, journey through Big Sur with its spectacular coastline and majestic mountains. Spend the evening in charming Cambria.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cambria - Solvang - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Day
14

Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy coffee and a danish specialty at a local bakery, with free time to browse through the charming shops. Travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world. Tonight, your tour director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Los Angeles

Day
15

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This holiday visits national parks and other remote locations where facilities may not be up to the first-class standard you expect from Globus. Some lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, televisions, and other amenities you would expect from most Globus hotels.

Maximum elevation on tour: 8,000 ft.

NOTE: Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.

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.

Extend your tour and see even more

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.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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