Best of the West

Yosemite National Park
12 Days from $1,695 per person

Embark upon this western journey showcasing iconic cities and marvel at the natural wonders that make this part of the word truly unique. 

From Hollywood to the birthplace of California to the majestic panoramas of Yosemite National Park seen aboard your tram ride and on to the jaw dropping Grand Canyon, this trip has it all. Drive the iconic Mother Road, Route 66, be dazzled in the entertainment hub of Las Vegas and discover what makes cosmopolitan San Francisco truly incredible as your trip concludes in this beautiful “City by the Bay”.

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  1. Welcome to Los Angeles, the city of glitz, glamour and stars. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Red Lion Anaheim
  2. This morning, set out to see the best Los Angeles has to offer—from wealthy Beverly Hills mansions, to eclectic Hollywood. Stop at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theater with its celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs. Drive along the Sunset Strip and visit Santa Monica.
  3. Head south for the drive along the coast to charming San Diego, a Spanish-influenced city, set around a sweeping bay and numerous sparkling white sand beaches. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour and view the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park—the largest cultural complex west of the Mississippi—and Historic Old Town San Diego. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the first of 21 missions that became the cornerstones of California.
    hotel:Clarion San Diego South
  4. Leaving the coast behind you, climb to 4,000 feet (1,219 meters), passing through the Cleveland National Forest and hugging the United States-Mexico border. Cross the Arizona state line and Colorado River before heading to the Valley of the Sun and the fashionable resort town of Scottsdale.
    hotel:Days Hotel Scottsdale Old Town
  5. Continue driving through the Sonoran Desert. Stop in Sedona for opportunity to join an off-road jeep excursion. Head for the Grand Canyon with its awe-inspiring views. The grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Natural Wonder of the World is truly amazing. You'll be awe-struck by its mind-bending series of shapes and bright colors glaring in the desert light, contrasting with dark shadows, formed by pinnacles of rock interspersed by jutting promontories. Later this afternoon, arrive in the town of Flagstaff, a famous outpost on Historic Route 66.
    hotel:Days Hotel Flagstaff
  6. Call in at Seligman and Kingman, two other iconic outposts along the celebrated “Mother Road.” Get ready to be amazed as you arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas—an entertainment oasis in the middle of the desert.
    hotel:Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
  7. Enjoy a free day in Las Vegas to pursue your own interests. Explore this entertainment-filled city with its grand hotels and shops. Why not try one of the many optional activities available to you today?
  8. Leave Las Vegas, driving through the stark Mojave Desert; skirt the famous Edwards Air Force base; then climb up to the Great Basin Desert through the magnificent mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Continue through the vast fertile plains of the San Joaquin Valley, the "Breadbasket of California", and arrive in Visalia for your overnight stay.
    hotel:Wyndham
  9. Nothing can quite prepare you for the incredible scenery of Yosemite National Park. Board a ranger-led, open-air tram and explore Yosemite Valley, carved by glaciers during the Ice Age. You'll be surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of lush forests and verdant meadows framed by El Capitan and iconic Half Dome. Overnight in Modesto, the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas in the nation.
    hotel:Baymont Inn and Suites
  10. Travel back toward the California coast, across the Bay Bridge and into San Francisco, the famous "City by the Bay". Your city tour includes the bustling Fisherman's Wharf, elegant Nob Hill, Golden Gate Park and Union Square. Other included highlights feature some of the city's famous Victorian homes, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio and North Beach. This evening, why not join an optional Chinatown walking tour, complete with a Chinese dinner.
    meal(s):CB
    hotel:Vacation Inn Golden Gateway
  11. In the morning, enjoy an Iconic Breakfast at Boudin Bakery, a San Francisco institution since 1849. The rest of the day has been set aside for you to do as you please. There are many options to chose from: an excursion to the Napa/Sonoma wine country area, a visit to Muir Woods, a cruise past Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge, a guided walk along the Golden Gate Bridge, and much more. Your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day.
    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
  12. This morning, bid farewell to the Golden West, your Travel Director and your fellow travelers.

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Meal Summary

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Included sightseeing in Hollywood
  • Visit the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Old Town
  • Visit the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Natural Wonder of the World
  • Board an open-air, ranger-led tram to take in the breathtaking views of the National Park
  • Iconic Breakfast at renowned Boudin Bakery, a San Francisco institution since 1849
  • Sightseeing includes Fisherman's Wharf, Nob Hill, Golden Gate Park, Union Square and Chinatown

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft

Adult Price: $199.00 | Child Price: $179.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: $219.00 | Child Price: $199.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions April 1 - October 15

Grand Canyon

Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: $299.00 | Child Price: $279.00

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Grand Canyon

Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

Adult Price: $159.00 | Child Price: $99.00

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sights & Lights

Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $25.00

Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the next. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises!

Las Vegas

Black Canyon Float Trip with Transportation

Adult Price: $146.00 | Child Price: $107.00

" Accompanied by your friendly and informative guide, you'll travel to the launch area at the base of the Hoover Dam for a view of the dam that very few people have the opportunity to see. The large, comfortable rafts have multiple air chambers and are outfitted with all the Coast Guard required and recommended safety equipment. The Black Canyon's high walls will leave you breathless, so remember to bring your camera! You may spot desert big horn sheep, osprey and great blue heron in their natural setting. The raft stops along the shore to give you a chance to swim or paddle in the cool clear waters below Hoover Dam. You could take this opportunity to enjoy the box lunch provided, while watching and listening to the sights and sounds of this magnificent desert. Your trip ends on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach before returning to your Las Vegas hotel. "

Las Vegas

Vegas! The Show and Dinner

Adult Price: $125.00 | Child Price: $113.00

"Come and experience what is hailed as the only show in Vegas, about Vegas! VEGAS! The Show will take you by the hand back in time to experience the iconic stars and personalities that helped to define the soul that created the Sin City we know today! Featuring some of the most beautiful showgirls in Vegas, and some of the best voices in the country, you can hear all of the hits from your favorite stars while witnessing the greatest moments that helped define Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World. So don't hesitate, and come see for yourself why VEGAS! The Show was voted ""Best Show in Las Vegas"" by Broadway World! From the crooners of the Rat Pack to Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley and so many more. Experience the iconic personalities that helped shape the story of one of the greatest cities on Earth. Backed by a live big band orchestra, ""Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns"", this is the only production that will recreate the class, sass and excitement of old Las Vegas right before your eyes! In addition enjoy a dinner buffet at Planet Hollywood's Spice Market Buffet. "

Las Vegas

Morning Cowboy Trailride with Breakfast

Adult Price: $140.00 | Child Price: $140.00

Your cowboy adventure begins with a rise-and-shine pick-up at your hotel. Your arrival at the ranch will be just in time to enjoy an authentic western-style breakfast. The ranch hands will then pack the horses and get ready to show you the ride of your life. You’ll be surrounded by peace and serenity with majestic views of nearby mountains and breathtaking views. This is for the rider who doesn’t mind waking up early to start the day reminiscent of the cowboys that made the American West famous.

Las Vegas

Hoover Dam with Mob Museum Visit

Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time- the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United State’s largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Includes admission to the Visitor Center and the Powerplant tour. The visitor center features exhibits that highlight the history of the region and how the Hoover Dam was constructed and the Powerplant Tour offers exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site. Then visit the Mob Museum to explore the fascinating interactive exhibits, artifacts and digital experiences, learning more about the lives of Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, J. Edgar Hoover and many other criminals from Sin City and beyond.

Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Plower Plant Excursion

Adult Price: $50.00 | Child Price: $45.00

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time- the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United States largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Includes admission to the Visitor Center and the Powerplant tour. The visitor center features exhibits that highlight the history of the region and how the Hoover Dam was constructed and the Powerplant Tour offers exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site.

San Diego

1 Hour San Diego Scenic Harbor Cruise & USS Midway Museum

Adult Price: $50.00 | Child Price: $35.00

Embark on a one-hour narrated boat tour of San Diego Harbor that provides up-close access to scenic waterfront architecture, military crafts, historical landmarks, natural sea life and spectacular photo opportunities. Your professional guide will share entertaining facts and history that helped to shape the city’s distinctive waterfront. The ship feature three levels with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, 360-degree views, and an onboard snack bar. After your harbor cruise, visit the USS Midway Museum where every admission includes a self-guided audio tour of 25 restored aircraft and 60 exciting exhibits; from the powerful engine room to the Captain’s bridge. Stop and listen to one of the many story-telling docents throughout the ship.  

Sedona

Easy on the Asphalt (60 minutes)

Adult Price: $53.00 | Child Price: $53.00

This alternative is good for those who do not wish to go off-road, as you will still ride aboard open-air Jeeps, but only on surfaced public roads.  This informative and relaxing excursion will give you a good snapshot of Sedona with great photo opportunities from some of Sedona's most magnificent overlooks, including Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona and the Chapel of the Holy Cross perched high above Sedona. Gratuity Included.

Sedona

Old Bear Wallow (60 minutes)

Adult Price: $53.00 | Child Price: $53.00

An exclusive experience as our jeep tour operator is the only company permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to take you on this historic trail - climb this early stagecoach route along Schnebly Hill Road through Bear Wallow Canyon, just below the Mogollon Rim to enjoy stunning views of Sedona and Oark Creek Canyon 2000ft below.  Step onto Munds Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona's early pioneer days. Gratuity Included.

San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Cruise

Adult Price: $30.00 | Child Price: $20.00

Come aboard one of San Francisco’s most popular bay cruises. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason and  the Marina District, which was devastated  in the  1989 earthquake. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive  4,200-foot  (1280 meter)  span of  the  746-foot  (227 meter)  tall Golden Gate Bridge. As you steam back into the bay, travel past Angel Island State Park and slowly cruise around the infamous Island of Alcatraz. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see the Oakland Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower. This cruise tour has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them. You haven’t experienced San Francisco until you’ve taken a Bay Cruise!

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge Walk & Sausalito

Adult Price: $39.00 | Child Price: $29.00

Stroll across the 1.7 mile span of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and learn how the bridge was an engineering marvel and about the people who gave so much time to build this icon of San Francisco. Arrive in the quaint seaside community of Sausalito and have time to leisurely browse the charming shops or have lunch along the picturesque bay. Your adventure concludes with a wondrous ferry cruise across the bay, passing haunting Alcatraz Island and catching an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco

Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Dinner, Ride the Cable Car and City Illuminations Tour

Adult Price: $71.00 | Child Price: $71.00

Begin your evening with a ride on one of the world famous Cable Cars. Then, explore the Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting), before dining family-style with a Chinese feast. After dinner, board your motorcoach for the City Illuminations Tour. Drive past the colorful signs and glittering lights of North Beach, the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower, the Broadway Strip and the historic Ferry Building. After crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, catch a spectacular night panorama of sparkling San Francisco!

San Francisco

Excursion to Muir Woods and Sausalito

Adult Price: $62.00 | Child Price: $34.00

Travel north across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument, one of the few remaining groves of Virgin Coastal Redwoods which are among the oldest and tallest trees in the world reaching heights of up to 258 feet and averaging 500-800 years of age. Explore the trails leading you into the heart of its cathedral-like grove. On your way back to the city, stop in Sausalito, an alluring village of art galleries, quaint shops and waterfront restaurants with views of San Francisco across the bay. Its cliff-hanging cottages and houseboat community create a Mediterranean ambience, but the locals you will see are pure “California.”

San Francisco

Excursion Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Country Tour

Adult Price: $91.00 | Child Price: $91.00

During your full day tour from San Francisco, you will visit renowned Napa and Sonoma wineries. Taste the finest wines of Napa Valley, have lunch in Yountville, and enjoy the picturesque drive through fantastic Napa wine country. You’ll learn the area’s history of wine making, from the early Spanish missionaries who brought grapevines from Europe to the Forty-Niners who served wines in their saloons. Then tour three wineries and see how grapes are picked, crushed, blended and bottled; walk through beautiful vineyards with your tour guide and then taste the finished product. The tour includes stops at the following locations: Nicholson Ranch Winery (Sonoma); Madonna Estate, Mt. St. John (Napa); lunch in Yountville at V Marketplace (Yountville); Sutter Home (Napa). 

Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
4 May 17 15 May 17 checkmark $1,695pp
$1,695 pp
15 Jun 17 26 Jun 17 $1,750pp
$1,750 pp
22 Jun 17 3 Jul 17 $1,750pp
$1,750 pp
6 Jul 17 17 Jul 17 $1,750pp
$1,750 pp
10 Aug 17 21 Aug 17 $1,750pp
$1,750 pp
7 Sep 17 18 Sep 17 $1,750pp
$1,750 pp
14 Sep 17 25 Sep 17 $1,750pp
$1,750 pp
12 Oct 17 23 Oct 17 $1,695pp
$1,695 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $725 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to prepay Gratuity for Travel Director and Driver $124 p.p.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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