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Western Explorer

Price per person
from £3,156

Price based on
London Heathrow
23rd Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • USA

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

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!

At a glance

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

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

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.

Private home pick-up service

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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

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29th June 2018
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Fantastic holiday, great value, got more than expected. tour director was very informative

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11th June 2018
Mr Nick Grubb

Very well put together tour enhanced by a great tour director. Very well organised and nicely paced.

Overview

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!

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Los Angeles

Day
1

Fly to Los Angeles where, on arrival transfer to your hotel.

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

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

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Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Los Angeles - LA Grand Hotel Downtown

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.

  • Location

    333 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

San Diego - Embassy Suites San Diego Bay

This hotel is located directly across the street from Seaport Village and is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Centre. The hotel is also just minutes from the San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Old Town and more. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, game room, business centre, concierge service, hair salon, gift shop, restaurant, room service, and complimentary evening manager's reception.

  • Location

    601 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Scottsdale - The McCormick Scottsdale

Set on the shores of Camelback Lake overlooking Camelback Mountain, the McCormick Scottsdale features splendid views and warm Southwestern hospitality. The hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, and bar.

  • Location

    7401 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Grand Canyon National Park - Yavapai Lodge East - Grand Canyon National Park Lodge

The Yavapai East accommodations at the Grand Canyon National Park Lodge are an upscale retreat amidst the juniper forest. The lodge provides various cafe options, comfortable arrangements, and front door access to the Grand Canyon. This lodge is part of a collection of lodges operated by the National Park; space fills up quickly at these lodges and is therefore based on availability. In the event that space is not available at this hotel, an alternate lodge of similar category will be secured.

Please note: Each Grand Canyon National Park Lodge, like the one shown here, has its own unique setting and atmosphere. The specific lodge for your tour will be confirmed with holiday documents prior to departure. Lodges featured in Grand Canyon National Park are the Maswik North Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Yavapai East & the Kachina Lodge.

  • Location

    Yavapai East Grand Canyon, AZ USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Las Vegas - Treasure Island

The hotel features an outdoor pool, hot tub, spa, fitness centre, gift shops, beauty salon, business centre, several restaurants, lounges, nightlife, and casino. Guestrooms are equipped with cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and Internet access.

  • Location

    3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Mammoth Lakes - Mammoth Mountain Inn

This attractive ski resort is situated opposite of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Main Lodge and features stately guestrooms with mountain or courtyard views.

  • Location

    10400 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Yellowstone NP - Yellowstone National Park Lodges

With nine lodging facilities offering over 2,000 rooms, accommodations in Yellowstone National Park are plentiful for those wishing to experience the national park it its glory.

  • Location

    Yellowstone National Park Wyoming 82190

  • Facilities

    • Facilities may vary depending on accommodation.

San Francisco - San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Rooms have cable TV, internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, and hairdryer. The hotel features Concierge desk, gift shop, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, three restaurants, lounge, and coffee bar.

  • Location

    780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Cambria - Cambria Pines Lodge

Situated on 25 acres of gardens and Monterey pine forest, the charming Cambria Pines Lodge balances natural beauty and modern conveniences. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and cozy Fireside Lounge, full service spa, business center, and outdoor pool and hot tub.

  • Location

    2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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