Western Explorer

  • 16 Days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 25th September 2017

Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

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.

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.

Day 1

UK - Los Angeles

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Los Angeles - San Diego

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

San Diego

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

San Diego - Yuma - Scottsdale

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Grand Canyon National Park

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Las Vegas

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Las Vegas - Mammoth Lakes

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

San Francisco

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

San Francisco - Monterey - Big Sur - Cambria

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Cambria - Solvang - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Los Angeles - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

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

 

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

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

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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