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.
  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.
    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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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.

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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Meal Summary

2 Breakfasts.

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
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
4 May 17 15 May 17 checkmark $1,695pp
$1,695 pp
18 May 17 29 May 17 $1,750pp
$1,750 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.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • 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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