Western Explorer

Offer

Price per person
from £3,557

Price based on
London Heathrow
24th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book a USA tour before 28 February and you can upgrade your inbound flight to premium economy for just £69 per person when you fly with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Offer subject to availability. When booking, click 'view alternative flights' if the first option returned is not a BA or Virgin flight.

More details
  • 15 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

An inspiring experience of North American natural wonders and iconic city sightseeing that spirits you down the boulevards of LA, through the blinking neon of Las Vegas, to the edge of the Grand Canyon and into the serene forests of Yosemite.

At a glance


  • Los Angeles Wander Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip and shop on Rodeo Drive.
  • San Diego City Explore the city's historic Old Town and Gaslamp Quarter.
  • Grand Canyon National Park Experience the epic scale of this natural wonder.
  • Las Vegas Stroll Fremont Street and see its famous overhead light show.
  • Yosemite National Park Explore lush forests, giant granite domes and cascading waterfalls.
  • San Francisco Enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and Fisherman's Wharf.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • 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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Overview

An inspiring experience of North American natural wonders and iconic city sightseeing that spirits you down the boulevards of LA, through the blinking neon of Las Vegas, to the edge of the Grand Canyon and into the serene forests of Yosemite.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - 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.

No meals included

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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Los Angeles - UK

Day
15

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

No meals included

Things to note

Grand Canyon National Park: All departures will be at Yavapai West

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Los Angeles: L.A Hotel Downtown
  • San Diego: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
  • Scottsdale: Marriott Scottsdale at McDowell Mountain
  • Grand Canyon: Yavapai Lodge West
  • Las Vegas: Treasure Island
  • Mammoth Lakes: Mammoth Mountain Inn
  • Yosemite: Yosemite View Lodge (guaranteed riverview rooms)
  • San Francisco: Marriott Marquis
  • Cambria: Cambria Pines Lodge

 

Why book with us?