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California and the Golden West

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14 Days from $2,225 per person
JUL - OCT 2021
Usa Yosemite Lake Scenic

Countries Visited

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Locations Visited

Los Angeles (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Flagstaff, Las Vegas (NV), Visalia, Yosemite Village, Modesto, San Francisco, Carmel Valley, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara ...more Los Angeles (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Flagstaff, Las Vegas (NV), Visalia, Yosemite Village, Modesto, San Francisco, Carmel Valley, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara
  1. Day 1 Arrive Los Angeles (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the land where it's always 70 degrees and sunny, California. Arriving today, you'll meet up with your Travel Director in the afternoon before getting to know Anaheim, your home for the next two nights. You'll find plenty of dining and entertainment options with Disneyland nearby.

    hotel Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort
  2. Day 2 Los Angeles Sightseeing and Free Time

    Ready to get stars in your eyes? This morning's sightseeing tour will show you the all-out glitz and glamour of LA, visiting the wealthy mansions of Beverly Hills, the palm lined streets of Santa Monica, the iconic Sunset Boulevard, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is just a stone's throw from the beacon of Hollywood, the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. With your afternoon free maybe explore on your own.

  3. Day 3 Los Angeles – Phoenix

    Starting in Los Angeles, you will visit the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, one of the windiest places in the United States. It features thousands of wind turbines that power the popular Coachella Valley resort towns. Passing through the resort town of Palm Springs, you will be crossing the Arizona state line into the 'Valley of the Sun', a region that boasts a massive 300 days of sunshine per year. Catching your first glimpse of the mighty Colorado River, your final destination for today is exciting Phoenix.

    hotel Hampton Inn and Suites Phoenix Downtown
  4. Day 4 Phoenix - Flagstaff (2 Nights)

    Heading North out of Phoenix, today you will witness the impressive saguaro cacti in their arid habitat. As you make your way to the small town of Sedona you will notice the red rock landscape provides a stunning backdrop for artists and craftsmen alike. Sedona lives up to its reputation as an artist's enclave, as it is recognized as one of America's best small cities for the arts and a haven for New Age enthusiasts. On your way from Sedona to Flagstaff, you will pass through the heart of Oak Creek Canyon. Located in the Coconino National Forest, it is arguably the most scenic drive in all of Arizona. With red sandstone walls on one side of the road and the lush river gorge canyon on the other, you can expect a breathtaking panoramic view.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Days Hotel
  5. Day 5 Flagstaff - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff

    Start today in style with your sights firmly set on one of the world's seven natural wonders, the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed Grand Canyon. After learning in-depth with our Local Specialist you'll discover more about the geological formation of the Canyon, and then it's up to you how you wish to explore it further. Still flying high from an incredible day, you'll finish up this evening in the Arizonan escape town of Flagstaff, a laid back outpost on historic Route 66.

  6. Day 6 Flagstaff – Historic Route 66 – Las Vegas (2 Nights)

    Ready to get your kicks on Route 66? Today's the day to do it. A symbol of the American dream, Route 66 has been eternally immortalized by literature and movies and still to this day represents the ultimate American road trip. You'll be stopping by Seligman and Kingman en route to Vegas, two iconic outposts that are a real taste of all things Americana, complete with classic motels, kitsch petrol pumps and steaming slices of Apple pie. Finally, as if by magic, you'll slowly spot the neon lights of Las Vegas looming in the distance; an entertainment oasis surrounded by dry desert with a reputation almost as big as the fortune's many have made (and lost) there.

    hotel Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
  7. Day 7 Las Vegas Free Time

    With a full day in Sin City, it's entirely up to you how to explore the entertainment capital of the world. The casinos, the all you can eat buffets, the glittering roof top pools, the biggest names in show business - they're all here for the taking. Or if you're up for it, to help tailor your Vegas experience, we've also got a whole suite of enticing Optional Experiences lined up to help you see a different side of Vegas. You could wake up early for a western style breakfast and cowboy trail ride through the mountains, or heading over to Hoover Dam to stand 900 metres above the Colorado River to admire the US's biggest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Or perhaps a visit to the Mob Museum, or a singalong at 'Vegas! The Show' are more your style? Whatever you choose, today is guaranteed to be one to remember.

  8. Day 8 Las Vegas – Visalia

    Leaving Vegas a little lighter in the pocket but rich in memories, you'll head for the Mojave Desert this morning. As the driest desert in the US you'd expect nothing more than barren landscape as you drive through, so prepare to be surprised as you pass rare and beautiful flora, wildlife and the iconic Joshua Tree, which only grows right here in the Mojave. Admiring the dramatic Mojave Desert and continuing through into the San Joaquin Valley, you'll finish up today in the agricultural hub of Visalia. With a Downtown area that boasts old world charm and a wide selection of tasty restaurants, tonight's dinner will no doubt be filled with chat about what to expect from glorious Yosemite tomorrow.

    hotel Wyndham Visalia
  9. Day 9 Visalia – Yosemite National Park – Modesto

    Awe inspiring nature at its finest, Yosemite will challenge all other national parks you've previously visited to stake its claim as the most beautiful. The third oldest national park in the US and a UNESCO World Heritage site, this patch of heaven is all emerald green valleys, cascading waterfalls and pine scented forests, all framed by the iconic Half Dome and the imposing presence of El Capitan. Take your time soaking it all in and exploring the various trails and picnic areas before heading on to Modesto, one of the greatest agricultural areas of the nation and the home of the Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery.

    hotel DoubleTree Modesto
  10. Day 10 Modesto – San Francisco (2 Nights)

    Feeling the ocean breeze moving ever closer you'll head back to the Californian coast today, crossing the Bay Bridge into one of the West Coast's best loved cities, San Francisco. A historical hub for progressive thinkers and creatives, San Fran's infamously hilly landscape will instantly win you over as you spy the old-fashioned cable cars slowly rising and falling on the horizon. Explore the 'City by the Bay' on a sightseeing tour that visits Fisherman's Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts, the lush Presidio area and Italian influenced North Beach. This evening you could opt to try our Chinatown walking tour, exploring the markets, dim sum joints and herb shops of America's oldest Chinatown before dining family style at a decadent Chinese feast.

    hotel Hotel Union Square
  11. Day 11 San Francisco Free Time

    We hope you're hungry as you're off to a San Fran institution, Boudin Bakery, who have been producing their very special 'Mother Dough' to create sourdough loaves since 1849 for an Iconic Breakfast. Appetites satisfied, the rest of today is then free for you to explore your way. If it's icons you're after why not join us for an optional walk along the Golden Gate Bridge followed by a cruise around the bay, taking in Alcatraz Island en route, or perhaps you'd prefer to head out to Muir Woods to appreciate the towering, ancient red wood trees that grow here, followed by a visit to the pretty seaside community of Sausalito. Wine connoisseurs, you're also taken care of with a full day outing to the Napa and Sonoma wineries. Whatever you choose, make your last day an extra special one, whichever way you choose to explore.

    meals Iconic Breakfast
  12. Day 12 San Francisco - Carmel - Monterey - San Luis Obispo

    Hugging the Pacific coastline you'll make your first stop today in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A former heaven for artists and writers, this pretty town has something of an English countryside feel to it thanks to the 1920's gable roofed cottages dotted about. After taking a stroll along Ocean Avenue, you'll journey on to Monterey, keeping a look out for seals, sea lions, dolphins and even whales on the way. A Spanish and Mexican influenced city, you'll visit Cannery Row, a place immortalized by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name that depicts the sardine canning business that was Monterey's lifeblood for the first half of the 20th century. Finally, you'll finish up in San Luis Obispo.

    hotel Kinney Hotel
  13. Day 13 San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara

    Venturing into the scenic wine country of the Central Coast this morning, you'll almost be able to smell the delicious pinot noir wines that are grow in this region. Drive through rolling hills and sunny valleys peppered with wineries before pulling in to Santa Barbara, where the perfect weather, red tiled roofs and bougainvillea strewn walls will have you thinking you've been transported to the Mediterranean. With an afternoon at your disposal, your first stop should undoubtedly be the 'Queen of the Missions' church, a Roman esque and still active parish church that sits perched above the city, boasting impressive Chumash artwork and mausoleums dedicated to California's earliest settlers. Craving seafood? Head to Stearn's Wharf, the oldest operating wharf on the West Coast, to take your pick of the day's catch.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn
  14. Day 14 Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles

    Enjoy every second of the drive today as you follow the coast all the way back to the 'City of Angels', Los Angeles. You'll stop by Venice Beach for one final dose of vitamin sea, before your trip comes to end at Los Angeles International Airport. California and the Golden West, you've been unbeatable!

California and the Golden West
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Dining Highlights

  • 3 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Carmel Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea and stroll down Ocean Avenue
  • Grand Canyon Witness the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with your Local Specialist
  • Las Vegas Explore this entertainment-filled city with its grand hotels and shops
  • Los Angeles Feel like a movie star as you stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Santa Monica
  • Monterey Learn about Steinbeck's infamous Cannery Row
  • San Francisco Iconic Breakfast at the famous Boudin Bakery, a local institution since 1849
  • San Francisco Get familiar with Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown
  • Santa Barbara Unwind in this Mediterranean style resort town along the coast and discover the downtown area
  • Yosemite National Park Take in the breathtaking views of the valley floor

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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.

Phoenix

Western Dinner, Live Music and Line Dancing

One of Arizona's most beloved steakhouses, Rustler’s Rooste serves the finest steaks, ribs, chicken, and the freshest seafood. Rustler’s Rooste is a 2-story building with our Saloon on the top level. Stroll over the indoor waterfall and take the slide into the dining room. (for the faint of heart, there is a staircase). Both areas are bordered on the north side by large plate glass windows that provide an unparalleled view of the city lights. Enjoy live country-western music from 6pm to 9pm. And did we mention, tonight's dinner features unlimited and Never Ending Beer, Wine, Margaritas and Soft Drinks for the evening! Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $62

Sedona

Easy on the Asphalt (60 minutes)

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, featuring many of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. This is an on-road tour. The Chapel may be substituted during the busy season due to traffic. Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $53

Old Bear Wallow

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: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $53

Canyons and Cowboys

Your Red Rock Western Guide takes you through a scenic wonderland surrounded by seven majestic canyons into historic Dry Creek Basin. Relive early cowboy days in this fun outing in Sedona. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $67

Easy on the Asphalt (90 minutes)

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, featuring many of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. This is an on-road tour. The Chapel may be substituted during the busy season due to traffic. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $68

Grand Canyon

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

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 min
Adult Price: $219

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

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
Adult Price: $319

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Tour

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 postcard 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
Adult Price: $159

Las Vegas

Highroller (Anytime Ticket)

Experience Vegas from new heights! Measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. Facing north and south parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard, the wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution and features 28 glass-enclosed cabins with broad views of Las Vegas and the Strip. Approx. Duration 45 mins
Adult Price: $37

Las Vegas Sights And Lights

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
Adult Price: $40

Las Vegas Foodie Tour

You know that sinking feeling – walking up to the host stand at the hottest restaurants, only to be told there’s a two-hour wait or no tables available whatsoever. With Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, you’ll never experience that. Instead, get ushered to the best table in the house immediately, as all eyes in the jam-packed establishment turn in wonder. After settling into your seat, the VIP+ experience continues. There’s no waiting, as a personalized preset menu already has been designed just for you. Then, the show really gets going, as signature dishes are paraded to your table with a flourish, as your expert tour guide explains each one in detail. Bask in this royal treatment at not one, not two, not three, but four of the most astonishing restaurants in Vegas. Discover these exclusive award-winning places worth bragging about. At each venue, savor a variety of acclaimed signature dishes along with grand desserts at the end for a complete feast for the ages. Our expert guides provide fascinating stories and facts about the sights all along the way. Why go to dinner, then a show when you can have dinner and a show, all in one? Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: $199

Hoover Dam Classic Tour

Travel with a passionate tour guide in a 10-passenger Tour Trekker to the most popular sight-seeing attraction in Nevada. Your expert guide will narrate your tour from start to finish and give you a unique perspective on the Hoover Dam's history, surrounding geology, and more. Approx. duration: 4 hours
Adult Price: $109

Hoover Dam Power Plant Excursion

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
Adult Price: $55

Black Canyon Float Trip with Transportation

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 bighorn 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. Approx. duration: 6 hours
Adult Price: $193

Vegas! The Show

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. 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! Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: $95

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge Walk and Sausalito

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
Adult Price: $40

Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Dinner and City Illuminations Tour

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
Adult Price: $66

Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods

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 ambiance, but the locals you will see are pure “California.” Approx. duration: 3.5 hours
Adult Price: $85

San Francisco Bay Cruise

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 span of the 746-foot-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! Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $34

Santa Barbara

Food & Wine Tasting Tour

Enjoy an exclusive food & wine tasting tour on foot. As we explore downtown on and off of State Street, you will experience what the locals experience, see some of the beautiful architecture and learn some fun history all while tasting some of the favorite local food and wine. The tour will be around 2.5 hours and you will get to enjoy one local wine tasting of three delicious wines along with three local food tastings.
Adult Price: $89

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