Western Highlights - San Francisco, Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon And Los Angeles
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
12 Day Itinerary
Fly to San Francisco International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome reception.
Day 2 - San FranciscoThis morning, join a half-day city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic Centre and Fisherman’s Wharf. From the top of Twin Peaks, enjoy the spectacular view and see for yourself why many consider San Francisco to be the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in 'the City by the Bay', perhaps take a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you can enjoy local seafood, famous sourdough breads or Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. You can also take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to observe them frolic and play. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where America’s most wanted, such as Al Capone and 'Machine Gun' Kelly were incarcerated. For a spot of retail therapy, visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store.
Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your next two days in the city.
Day 3 - Monterey & CarmelSpend a day at leisure in San Francisco for your own explorations or why not join our optional tour to Monterey and Carmel. We travel along the Pacific Coast to the Monterey Bay Peninsula and visit Cannery Row, made famous by the John Steinbeck novel. Today's visit also includes admission to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium – one of the most respected aquariums in the world – showcasing some 200 exhibits on marine life.
Continue along 17-Mile Drive, admiring the natural scenery and gorgeous homes. Enjoy time in the charming community of Carmel, known for its art galleries and shops, before returning to San Francisco.
Day 4 - Yosemite National ParkToday we leave San Francisco for an included full-day adventure to Yosemite National Park. Known for its magnificent waterfalls, granite peaks and remarkable wildlife, Yosemite is one of America’s favourite National Parks. We will explore the park by motorcoach, but you will also have time on the valley floor to enjoy the spectacular scenery and enjoy an included all-American picnic.
Tonight we will stay overnight in the Yosemite/Fresno area.
Day 5 - Mojave Desert & Las VegasToday, we travel through the Mojave Desert on our way to Las Vegas for a three-night stay. A late afternoon arrival in the dazzling 'Entertainment Capital of the World' will give you enough time to start enjoying this fantastic city right away.
Your Tour Director will assist you in arranging whatever you want to do, whether it's shopping, seeing a show, enjoying the fine dining, or joining an optional evening tour.
Day 6 - The Grand CanyonThis morning, we head off on an included visit to the Grand Canyon. We first stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome sign, where you may wish to capture a photo memory of Las Vegas, before making our way to the Grand Canyon. On the way, admire the beauty of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. formed by the Hoover Dam.
At the Grand Canyon, you will have time to take in the views on your own and if you choose, join an optional helicopter trip over the canyon or walk on the Skywalk platform.
Day 7 - Las Vegas or Zion National ParkToday, you can choose to spend the day how you wish – maybe do a little shopping at one of the fine shopping outlets in Las Vegas, lounge by the hotel pool, or join an optional tour. One of the possibilities would be a full-day trip to Zion National Park, known for its majestic canyons, tumbling waterfalls and amazing wildlife.
Today's visit will also include a guided walk, as well as an all-American picnic lunch.
Day 8 - Palm Springs & Los AngelesToday, we leave Las Vegas and head to Los Angeles for a three-night stay. Our journey takes us through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown area and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. This city in the desert was once known as the winter retreat of stars like Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell and Elvis Presley. Today, it is a flourishing resort town with great shops, restaurants and year-round desert climate. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Along the way we will pass through Indio, home to the International Date Festival, due to the abundance of this crop in the Coachella Valley.
We will arrive at our hotel in Los Angeles late afternoon.
Day 9 - Los AngelesThis morning, we enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles, including the hip Santa Monica, glamorous Hollywood and posh Beverly Hills. We will stop by the 'finish line' of historic Route 66, see an iconic Californian lifeguard tower made famous by the TV series Baywatch and walk on the boulevard of stars.
The afternoon is yours to explore more on your own or join an optional excursion to Universal Studios, where you will learn all about how movies are made.
Day 10 - San DiegoSpend another day at leisure exploring the sights of Los Angeles, or why not join an optional full-day excursion to San Diego. We travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second largest city in California. San Diego enjoys year-round mild weather and a location on the San Diego Bay. Enjoy a city tour including the historic Old Town, the Gas Lamp District, and the bay-front picturesque Seaport Village.
For a different view of the city, you can join an optional cruise on the bay before returning to Los Angeles in the late afternoon.
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Arrival in the U.K.
AccommodationThroughout your holiday, you will stay at the hotels detailed below, or similar.
You will stay for three nights in San Francisco at the Park Central Hotel and overnight in the Yosemite/Fresno area at the Piccadilly Inn Shaw. In Las Vegas you will stay for three nights at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, then for three nights at the Crowne Plaza LA Harbor in Los Angeles.
All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard.
Please note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.Back to top