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Western Wonders

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Price per person
from £1,952

Price based on
London Heathrow
24th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • USA

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Bright lights meet natural wonders on this thrilling Western US tour through California, Nevada and Arizona. Explore the unique rock formations, mighty canyons and shimmering waterfalls of the US National parks on a scenic drive that travels between some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour begins in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and stays along the way in Scottsdale, Williams, Tulare, Modesto and Palm Springs.

You’ll explore two of the world’s most famous national parks: the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Yosemite in California. Stand at the rim of the Grand Canyon and take in its breathtaking scenery – or join in an optional helicopter flight for a unique view of this incredible landscape. Walk the trails in Yosemite national park and enjoy views of its towering granite domes, plunging waterfalls and lush forests, while keeping a weather eye out for black bears and big horn sheep. You’ll travel along some of the world’s most famous routes, such as historic Route 66, and Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon – home to blazing cliffs and sandstone towers. Between Williams and Las Vegas, look out for Joshua trees, huge desert plants that reach heights of 40ft. And fall in love with the barren beauty of the Mojave Desert.

In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing to make the most of your stay. Why not jump aboard one of San Francisco’s cable cars, or enjoy an optional outing to Alcatraz Prison, which once housed the criminal gangster Al Capone? With free time in each city – including Las Vegas – you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own, or join an optional excursion.

Incredible scenery, thrilling cities, world-famous drives and much more: this western US tour offers adventures by the bucket-load.

At a glance

Los Angeles Sightseeing

Grand Canyon National Park Sightseeing

Williams Historic Route 66

Las Vegas Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas “Strip”

Yosemite National Park Sightseeing

San Francisco Sightseeing; Golden Gate Bridge

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Hawaii extension

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

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
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.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Everything that was detailed was provided and extras as well...

10th November 2018
Trusted Customer

Everything that was detailed was provided and extras as well . Only slight disappointment was quality of Best Western hotels but this was compensated by breakfast being provided

Very good tour - helped that the bus was less...

5th October 2018
Trusted Customer

Very good tour - helped that the bus was less than half full Great weather and wide range of memorable experiences across California, Arizona and Nevada

All in all, it was quite good for the price....

25th September 2018
Trusted Customer

All in all, it was quite good for the price.

The tour was amazing, Craig our guide was so knowledgeable...

11th August 2018
Claire

The tour was amazing, Craig our guide was so knowledgeable and had a fab sense of humour. The driver was fantastic and the hotel's were great. We had an amazing holiday.

Holiday was amazing had a great time and met some...

4th August 2018
Miss Ellen Clabby

Holiday was amazing had a great time and met some great new friends. Tour guide Susannah Jones was great, very helpful and hope to see her again on another tour. Coach driver Junior was great. We had a lot of great time and fun on tour. this was my 4th coach tour and my 3rd with Cosmos and will do another again. Love everything of the tour.

Tour director and driver were excellent. We saw everything we...

23rd June 2018
Mrs Anne Foster

Tour director and driver were excellent. We saw everything we wanted to see. Started off in Los Angeles in a lovely hotel but went downhill from there. The hotel in Scottsdale was really awful - I wouldn’t have put my dog in it to be honest. Also Modesto is not a nice place and that hotel was also poor. The others were acceptable but I would have expected 4 stars all the way for the money paid.

The western wonders tour was fantastic. Our tour guide was...

14th June 2018
Dr Karen Ball

The western wonders tour was fantastic. Our tour guide was excellent. The grand canyon was very grand, and Yosemite stunning.

The Grand Canyon trip was over rated and very expensive....

30th October 2017
Trusted Customer

The Grand Canyon trip was over rated and very expensive. We would not pay $221 per person had we known it was just a mere 20 min helicopter ride. What a waste of money. Those who flew from Las Vegas previously had a better deal with lunch provided. Some hotels were not as good as others. The Carlton hotel in San Francisco had no air conditioning in the lobby. It was very hot. The driver and the tour director were excellent.

Got the lot - deserts / mountains & sea. Lots...

30th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Got the lot - deserts / mountains & sea. Lots to see with some major bucket list locations included - Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Golden Gate to name 3. Lots of add ons to pick & choose from. Fantastic tour guide & drivers with both knowledge & humour. Helped to make a tour into an experience not to be missed. Made some great friends & memories forever I'd do it all again tomorrow!

Can't fault anything really. The service from Cosmos was good,...

8th July 2017
Miss Christine Ross

Can't fault anything really. The service from Cosmos was good, I was kept informed all along the line and documents etc were received when I was told they would be. The Western Wonders tour was exactly what I thought it would be, and exactly what I wanted it to be. Not enamoured with Las Vegas but that is my own view, could have done with more time in Yosemite as there was so many walks I could have done. Alcatraz not to be missed! Overall a great experience and one I'm glad I chose.

Overview

Bright lights meet natural wonders on this thrilling Western US tour through California, Nevada and Arizona. Explore the unique rock formations, mighty canyons and shimmering waterfalls of the US National parks on a scenic drive that travels between some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour begins in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and stays along the way in Scottsdale, Williams, Tulare, Modesto and Palm Springs.

You’ll explore two of the world’s most famous national parks: the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Yosemite in California. Stand at the rim of the Grand Canyon and take in its breathtaking scenery – or join in an optional helicopter flight for a unique view of this incredible landscape. Walk the trails in Yosemite national park and enjoy views of its towering granite domes, plunging waterfalls and lush forests, while keeping a weather eye out for black bears and big horn sheep. You’ll travel along some of the world’s most famous routes, such as historic Route 66, and Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon – home to blazing cliffs and sandstone towers. Between Williams and Las Vegas, look out for Joshua trees, huge desert plants that reach heights of 40ft. And fall in love with the barren beauty of the Mojave Desert.

In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing to make the most of your stay. Why not jump aboard one of San Francisco’s cable cars, or enjoy an optional outing to Alcatraz Prison, which once housed the criminal gangster Al Capone? With free time in each city – including Las Vegas – you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own, or join an optional excursion.

Incredible scenery, thrilling cities, world-famous drives and much more: this western US tour offers adventures by the bucket-load.

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts

UK - Los Angeles

Day
1

Fly to Los Angeles where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

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

Los Angeles

Day
2

Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown. Drive through Hollywood and see the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. A historic gem, this world-famous cinema (formerly, Grauman’s), has hosted some of the most exclusive movie premieres in Hollywood history. The Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre) is the first permanent home of the glamorous Academy Awards. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame where iconic terrazzo stars grace block after city block of Hollywood Boulevard and Street-air Farmers Market, with more than 140 shops and restaurants. The remainder of your day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions for further exploration of the city.

Los Angeles - Palm Springs

Day
3

Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930s, laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean, dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible

Palm Springs - Scottsdale

Day
4

Travel through cacti-covered desert toward Old Town Scottsdale, where Western store fronts create an aura of the past. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore a taste of the Old West, with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats abundant, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams

Day
5

Travel to Sedona, a thriving centre for New Age arts set in Canyon Country. On to the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon. Travel alongside the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. Time to stroll the canyon rim — or, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional helicopter sightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 6,093 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight in Williams, a mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

Williams - Las Vegas

Day
6

Cross the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. Watch for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to more than 40 feet in height and can live up to 300 years. By late afternoon, reach Las Vegas, the fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, bars, and glamorous shows. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colourful “Strip.” This evening, we highly recommend a night out to a dazzling stage show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Las Vegas

Day
7

The day is free to swim and sunbathe at the hotel pool or to explore the varied casinos and shopping plazas. Your Tour Director will have more suggestions. Consider a river float trip through the Black Canyon.

Las Vegas - Tulare

Day
8

Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. You’ll see the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.

Tulare - Yosemite National Park - Modesto

Day
9

This morning, we enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Afterward, drive to Modesto.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Modesto - Sausalito - San Francisco

Day
10

This morning, we continue west to the “Golden Gate City” of San Francisco, famous for its cable cars. Lunch in the pristine waterfront community of Sausalito. Free time to explore this quaint, Mediterranean-style village’s shops, galleries, and breathtaking views. Afterward, included sightseeing takes in the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

San Francisco

Day
11

The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps visit the notorious former prison of Alcatraz, which housed famous gangsters such as Al Capone, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud. Afterward, the day is yours to do some more exploring in the “City by the Bay.”

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

San Francisco - UK

Day
12

Your holiday ends this morning. Extend your holiday with extra nights and explore the “City by the Bay” further with a variety of exciting optional activities. Alternatively fly to Hawaii to enjoy extra days at leisure, relaxing.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
13

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Extend your tour and see even more

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

Hawaii

Welcome to Hawaii. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will quickly learn there is no place on earth like Hawaii.

Hawaii

Enjoy two days at leisure relaxing, or exploring Honolulu and the island of Oahu.

Hawaii

Your Hawaiian extension ends today.

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

Things to note

in partnership with Tourism Cares,™ has funded the preservation/restoration of YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, which you will see on this holiday.

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

Palm Springs - Palm Springs Courtyard

Rid yourself of travel worries when you book at Courtyard Palm Springs, offering an oasis of comfort and convenience. With our location just a mile from Palm Springs International Airport, you can travel from your gate to guest room in a breeze. Unwind in our spacious hotel rooms and suites offering plush bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi to keep you comfortable and connected.

  • Location

    1300 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Scottsdale - The Saguaro Scottsdale

Located conveniently steps from Old Town Scottsdale, this Art Deco hotel offers a resort style atmosphere. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre.

  • Location

    4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

  • Facilities

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

Williams - Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Designed to resemble the century-old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel-which was opened by the Santa Fe Railroad as a Harvey House-the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is your ideal choice before embarking for Grand Canyon National Park. All guest rooms feature triple sheeting and home comforts; the hotel offers a wide assortment of activities and amenities. Historic, yet ideally updated, it's the perfect place to enjoy your getaway in the Grand Canyon.

  • Location

    233 North Grand Canyon, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

  • Facilities

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

Las Vegas - SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

SLS Las Vegas features over 1,300 guestrooms in two distinct hotel towers—Story and World™—each with a unique personality, designed to offer contemporary and stylish settings for an amazing Las Vegas resort getaway! The hotel features multiple restaurants, casino, outdoor pool, a spa and shopping.

  • Location

    2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Tulare - Best Western Town & Country Lodge

Each well-appointed, spacious room at the Best Western Town & Country Lodge features free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a microwave and refrigerator. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, bar/lounge, and a well-equipped exercise facility.

  • Location

    1051 N Blackstone St, Tulare, CA 93274, USA

  • Facilities

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

Modesto - Best Western Palm Court Inn

Situated in Modesto, Best Western Palm Court Inn has an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Additional amenities include coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, complimentary newspapers, refrigerators, and satellite TV.

  • Location

    2001 W Orangeburg Ave, Modesto, CA 95350, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

San Francisco - Hotel Carlton

The Hotel Carlton is a historic, LEED-EB O&M Gold Certified boutique hotel with an international theme and bohemian flair located in San Francisco. It is conveniently located within 10 blocks of Union Square and within easy walking distance of the city's many world renowned restaurants and shops.

  • Location

    1075 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

  • Facilities

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

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