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Best of the West

12 Days from $1,710 per person

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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 jaw dropping Grand Canyon and on to the majestic panoramas of Yosemite National Park, 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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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 jaw dropping Grand Canyon and on to the majestic panoramas of Yosemite National Park, 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.”

  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 TCL Chinese Theatre with its celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs. Drive along the Sunset Strip and visit Santa Monica.

  3. Head south along the coast to charming San Diego, a Spanish-influenced city. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour and discover the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Historic Old Town San Diego. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra established the first of 21 missions that became the cornerstones of California.

    hotel:Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle
  4. Leaving the coast behind you, climb 4,000 feet, 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 Scottsdale.

    hotel:The Saguaro Scottsdale
  5. Continue through the Sonoran Desert. Head for the Grand Canyon with its awe-inspiring views and meet with a Local Specialist who walks you through the geological life of teh canyon. Examine the multicolored rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation, a UNESCO Site and Natural Wonder of the World. Later this afternoon, arrive in  Flagstaff, a famous outpost on Historic Route 66.

    hotel:Ramada Flagstaff East
  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.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast
    hotel:The Orleans Hotel and Casino
  7. Enjoy a free day in Las Vegas to pursue your own interests. Explore this city with its grand hotels and shops and consider trying one of the many optional activities available.

  8. Leave Las Vegas, driving through the stark Mojave Desert. Marvel at the magnificent mountains of the Sierra Nevada before continuing through the vast fertile plains of the San Joaquin Valley, the "Breadbasket of California." Arrive in Visalia for your overnight stay.

    hotel:Wyndham Visalia
  9. Nothing can quite prepare you for the incredible scenery of Yosemite National Park. 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, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio and North Beach. This evening, consider joining an optional Chinatown walking tour, complete with a Chinese dinner.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast
    hotel:Holiday 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 is free. 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 this famous 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 or extend your stay at the Holiday Inn.

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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: $795 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to prepay Gratuity for Travel Director and Driver $131 p.p.

Airport Transfers: Complimentary transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • See the very best Hollywood has to offer
  • Visit the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Old Town in San Diego
  • Visit the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Natural Wonder of the World, with a Local Specialist
  • Explore the entertainment-filled city of Las Vegas with its grand hotels and shops
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the valley floor of Yosemite National Park
  • Enjoy an Iconic Breakfast at renowned Boudin Bakery, a San Francisco institution since 1849
  • Get familiar with San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown
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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 24 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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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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.

SAN DIEGO

1 Hour San Diego Scenic Harbor Cruise

Adult Price: 24.00

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. Approx. duration: 1 hour

San Diego Scenic Harbor Cruise And USS Midway Museum

Adult Price: 50.00

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. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

San Diego Zoo

Adult Price: 55.00

Explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, located in beautiful Balboa Park. Caring for over 4000 animals of 800 different species from the forests and jungles of the world, the zoo is a unique walking experience that exhibits animals in the most natural way possible, adding shows and animal presentations throughout the day. Take the zoo bus tour to help you decide which areas you want to spend more time in – be sure to visit the Lost Forest to watch the gorillas in action and stop at the Giant Panda Research Station, which is now home to three Giant Pandas including Xiao Liwu born in 2012. Your admission includes the zoo bus tour, round-trip Skyfari Aerial Tram Ride, all shows and children’s zoo. Transfers included. Approx. duration: 4 hours.

SEDONA

Easy On The Asphalt

Adult Price: 53.00

A “Sedona snapshot” with great photo opportunities! Join us on this informative and relaxing, yet breathtaking, tour of some of Sedona’s most magnificent overlooks including Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. On-road tour. Approx. duration: 1 hour

Old Bear Wallow

Adult 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 Oak Creek Canyon 2000ft below. Step onto Munds Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona's early pioneer days. Approx. duration:1 hour.

PHOENIX

*The Ballooning Experience

Adult Price: 209.00

Your Arizona flight begins with the inflation of the balloon by motorized fans. Upon inflation, you will join your pilot in the beautiful hand-crafted wicker basket. The luxurious, over-sized basket has plenty of room to allow everyone to enjoy the Arizona flight to the fullest. As you gently leave the Earth, you'll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight you have unobstructed 360-degree views, allowing for breathtaking photographs. Your pilot will explore a variety of altitudes, up to 3,000 feet in the air for a marvelous overview of the valley. While in flight, commonly seen are jackrabbit, quail, roadrunner and coyote, and from time to time encounter deer, javalina and other desert animals. Your pilot will point out exotic desert plant life below and descend within inches of trees and cacti, much to everyone's delight. Breakfast, champagne and juice is included. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 3 hours

GRAND CANYON

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Tour

Adult Price: 159.00

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.

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: 309.00

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.

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: 219.00

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.

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight, Bell Aircraft (April 1 - October 31)

Adult Price: 219.00

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.

LAS VEGAS

*Cowboy Trailride with Breakfast

Adult 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. Approx. duration: 5 hours

*Black Canyon Float Trip with Transportation

Adult Price: 156.00

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.

Hoover Dam Excursion

Adult Price: 50.00

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 complete 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 Unites State's largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Enter the base of Hoover dam on a guided tour and hear the vibrating hums of rushing water and Hydroelectric Turbines. Approx. duration: 4 hours.

Hoover Dam Excursion and Mob Museum

Adult Price: 65.00

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. Approx. duration: 6 hours.

Las Vegas Sights And Lights

Adult Price: 35.00

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 other. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Vegas! The Show and Dinner

Adult Price: 125.00

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. Approx. duration: 3 hours

SAN FRANCISCO

Golden Gate Bridge Walk and Sausalito

Adult Price: 39.00

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. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours

Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Dinner and City Illuminations Tour

Adult Price: 66.00

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! Approx. duration: 3 hours

Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods

Adult Price: 67.00

Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace, through the cool, moist air, as you stroll through 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. Experience the awe and wonder as you are treated through Northern California’s signature fog, while you wander in and out of the Mother Nature’s redwood alleyways. The canopy of coastal redwoods soaring above will stimulate all of your senses as you journey through a piece of ancient California history. You will never forget the crisp, fresh redwood fragrance that will surround you on your journey to the majestic Muir Woods National Monument. Lastly, enjoy a scenic drive through the quaint seaside town of Sausalito – a Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay, famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques and cafes. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours.

Wine Country Tour

Adult Price: 125.00

A Wine Lover's Paradise - Enjoy Both Napa and Sonoma Valley's in One Day! Unwind and soak up the stunning scenery as we journey north into Napa and Sonoma Valley, two of the most prized wine regions of Northern California. During your venture, enjoy wine tasting and exclusive estate tours of three of our favored wineries. Since 1922 the Bartolucci Family has consistently created a perfect marriage of grapes and wine at Madonna Estate. Located in the world-renowned Carneros region, an area known for its fertile lands and cool climate, the Bartolucci family has found success with their organically grown grapes and Estate Bottled wines. In addition to practicing natural farming methods, they also combine traditional and modern wine making techniques. As the third oldest wine making family in the Napa Valley, it is important to them that they continue the commitment to farm naturally and preserve the wine making traditions of past generations. Approx. duration: 11 hours

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