Western Wonders

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Price per person
from £2,056

Price based on
London Heathrow
22nd Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Flights
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service
  • Accommodation on tour

Offer valid on new bookings made before 28 August, departing in September and October 2018 to any destination outside of Europe. Offer subject to availability.

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  • 13 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

From the gorgeous national parks to the thrilling cities, this western U.S. tour through California, Arizona, and Nevada features unique rock formations, scenic drives, deep canyons, and sparkling waterfalls and lakes—not to mention fun in some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour starts in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Tulare, Modesto, and San Francisco.

You’ll visit two of the West’s most famous and beautiful national parks, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Yosemite National Park in California. Stroll the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and stand in awe as you witness the breathtaking scenery. In Yosemite National Park, have your camera ready for the giant granite domes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and more. But that’s not all…you’ll also witness spectacular scenery on your drives. Between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon, you’ll see Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, known as one of America’s most beautiful drives and home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone, and you’ll stop in Sedona, with the massive red-rock formations that make the area famous. Between Williams and Las Vegas, watch for Joshua trees, which can grow to be more than 40 feet tall. Between Las Vegas and Tulare, you’ll witness the vast Mojave Desert.

Enjoy sightseeing in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars or enjoy an optional outing to Alcatraz Prison, the federal penitentiary that once housed Al Capone and other notorious criminals—the choice is yours! Free time in each city—including Las Vegas—gives you time to explore on your own or to take optional excursions.

Breathtaking scenery, exciting cities, scenic drives, and more…this western U.S. tour is a perfect holiday for savvy, value-minded travellers.

At a glance

  • Los Angeles Wander the Hollywood Walk of Fame and fashionable shops of Rodeo Drive.
  • Old Town Scottsdale Get a flavour of America's Old West.
  • Grand Canyon National Park Epic, otherworldly and unforgettable.
  • Las Vegas A wild and unabashed clash of neon lights and desert city.
  • Yosemite National Park A serene setting of lush forests and giant granite domes.

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

  • Flights
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Porterage
  • Services of a tour director
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Transfers
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

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.

Great tour, except one of the days was just a...

12th June 2017
Trusted Customer

Great tour, except one of the days was just a travel day and quite boring though the guide did her best to keep us amused.

...

7th June 2017
Trusted Customer

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

From the gorgeous national parks to the thrilling cities, this western U.S. tour through California, Arizona, and Nevada features unique rock formations, scenic drives, deep canyons, and sparkling waterfalls and lakes—not to mention fun in some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour starts in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Tulare, Modesto, and San Francisco.

You’ll visit two of the West’s most famous and beautiful national parks, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Yosemite National Park in California. Stroll the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and stand in awe as you witness the breathtaking scenery. In Yosemite National Park, have your camera ready for the giant granite domes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and more. But that’s not all…you’ll also witness spectacular scenery on your drives. Between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon, you’ll see Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, known as one of America’s most beautiful drives and home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone, and you’ll stop in Sedona, with the massive red-rock formations that make the area famous. Between Williams and Las Vegas, watch for Joshua trees, which can grow to be more than 40 feet tall. Between Las Vegas and Tulare, you’ll witness the vast Mojave Desert.

Enjoy sightseeing in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars or enjoy an optional outing to Alcatraz Prison, the federal penitentiary that once housed Al Capone and other notorious criminals—the choice is yours! Free time in each city—including Las Vegas—gives you time to explore on your own or to take optional excursions.

Breathtaking scenery, exciting cities, scenic drives, and more…this western U.S. tour is a perfect holiday for savvy, value-minded travellers.

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:

  • 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:

  • 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

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

 

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

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Room Service
    • Fitness Centre

Palm Springs - Courtyard Palm Springs

This hotel is 1.2 miles from the Palm Springs International Airport and 2.8 miles from the Moorten Botanical Garden. Contemporary-styled rooms offer free WiFi, desks, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Fitness Centre
    • Bar

Scottsdale - Saguaro Scottsdale

Set in Old Town, this stylish hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Chic, colourful rooms and suites featuring handcrafted furniture from Mexico along with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and patios or balconies.

  • Location

    4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Williams - Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Designed to resemble a century-old train station, this hotel adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway depot is 1 block from downtown Williams and Route 66.

  • Location

    233 North Grand Canyon, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restraunt and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Las Vegas - SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Set in a complex of modern buildings on The Strip, this chic casino resort is 4 miles from McCarran International Airport, a mile from the Las Vegas Convention Centre and 3 miles from the Fremont Street Experience mall. Stylish rooms designed by Philippe Starck offer sitting areas.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Room Service
    • Restaurant

Tulare - Best Western Town & Country Lodge

A 4.9-mile drive from Tulare County Museum, this casual hotel is split across 2 buildings located 9.7 miles from Visalia Fox Theatre, dating to the 1920s.

  • Location

    1051 N Blackstone St, Tulare, CA 93274, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre

Modesto - Best Western Court

These casual rooms include free Wi-Fi and cable TV, as well as a minifridges, desks and balconies. Suites add seating areas and microwaves.

  • Location

    2001 W Orangeburg Ave, Modesto, CA 95350, USA

  • Facilities

    • Beach Access
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Golf Course

San Francisco - Hotel Carlton

Decorated with hand-painted Moroccan tables, marble-topped writing desks and global photography, the warm rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers and iPod docks. 

  • Location

    1075 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi

Honolulu - Sheraton Princess Kailani

Balconies looking over a breath-taking view of the ocean or of mountain views. This hotel is relaxing and has free Wi-Fi for all guests.

  • Location

    120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa
    • Beach Access

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