America's Golden West
12 nights. April 2019 - October 2020. From £2049.00.
Combine the magic of beautiful San Francisco, the 'City by the Bay', sparkling LA and glittering Hollywood, with the glamour of Las Vegas, the awesome beauty of the Grand Canyon - carved over millennia - and a scenic journey along California's wild and beautiful Pacific coast. With the sun-kissed towns and cities of California including laid-back southern gem San Diego, this is an irresistible holiday full of unforgettable, 'must-see, must-do' highlights, especially for those visiting the 'West Coast' for the first time.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsDiscover and explore San Francisco, the 'City by the Bay'
Call at Steinbeck's Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea
Journey south along the Pacific Coast Highway
Spend three nights in glittering Los Angeles
Full day tour to sun-kissed San Diego
Non-stop, 24-hour Las Vegas is the world's most extraordinary desert 'oasis'
A full-day visit to the Grand Canyon, one of the most breathtaking, eye-popping sights on Earth
12 nights' carefully chosen room-only hotel accommodation, plus one night on the aircraft
Flights to San Francisco, returning from Los Angeles
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to San Francisco and transfer to your hotel for the next three nights. transit
Day TwoTake this morning's optional guided tour of San Francisco's major landmarks, including Union Square and stylish Nob Hill, before crossing the famously photogenic Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the beautiful bayside artists' town of Sausalito. Take the Bay Ferry back to the city, with wonderful views of infamous prison island Alcatraz en route. This evening, why not head for colourful Chinatown, or to the bustle of Fisherman's Wharf, with its shops, bars and restaurants? leisure
Day ThreeEnjoy a day at leisure, perhaps head for colourful Chinatown, or take the 'little cable car' down to the bustle of Union Square, with its shops, and restaurants. history
Day FourJourney south today, towards the fishing town of Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea, linked by the stunning 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy more of the Pacific coast, as you journey to overnight in Pismo Beach, a classic central Californian coastal resort. scenery
Day FiveContinue through breathtaking coastal scenery making a stop in palm-fringed, well-heeled Santa Barbara before heading towards glittering Los Angeles and coastal Santa Monica, with its boardwalk and promenade. Spend three nights in the Los Angeles suburb Buena Park. transit
Day SixRest and relax, or join an optional excursion today to the millionaires' playground of Palm Springs, home of the late Bob Hope and a host of Hollywood stars. Journey to the heights above on the world's longest revolving cable-car, and enjoy the chance of some shopping in the desert city's iconic shops and boutiques. nature
Day SevenEnjoy today's full-day excursion to sun-kissed San Diego, a laid-back, southern Californian gem of a city. Highlights include the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot and the Gaslamp District. Across the Bay Bridge, Coronado Island is home to the Hotel del Coronado, where 'Edward' first met 'Mrs Simpson ', and Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like it Hot. Return back to Los Angeles for a final night. scenery
Day EightCross the desert later today and travel to Laughlin, for a two-night stay in the resort-town set on the banks of the Colorado River. Known as 'Vegas in Miniature' the resort offers a boardwalk, casinos, restaurants and bars. leisure
Day NineOne of the tour's most unforgettable days awaits you, as you travel into the desert and journey to the edge of the abyss that is the Grand Canyon, perhaps nature's most startling wonder. Visit the South Rim, the most scenic point from which to view the chasm, formed over millennia by the Colorado River, which still flows a mile below. Take an optional helicopter flight for even more stupendous views, before returning for a second night in Laughlin. transit
Day 10Today's journey takes you to Las Vegas for a three night stay in the 'World's Capital of Entertainment', with its spectacular hotels, glittering casinos and sparkling show-lounges - home to some of the biggest names in the business. Enjoy your first experience of this extraordinary man-made entertainment mecca, in which perhaps more than anywhere else, night and day are treated as one. nature
Day 11Today is free to explore. Check out the famously gargantuan 'mega-resorts' of the Strip and Downtown, with their gaming rooms, vast shopping malls, diverse entertainments and endless dining opportunities. Tonight enjoy an optional dinner and entertainment from the stars of the nostalgic The Rat Pack is Back show. There's simply so much to see and do in this truly amazing place! leisure
Day 12Enjoy another day of leisure in Las Vegas. Relax by the pool, arrange to be pampered in a spa, or simply shop till you drop. This evening, don't miss the optional 'Vegas Nights' helicopter flight over the 'Strip', and perhaps complete your stay in Vegas by taking in a show in one of the famous lounges. scenery
Day 13Bid farewell to Las Vegas heading first for the star-studded streets of Hollywood, where important landmarks include Mann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Continue to Los Angeles airport for your return overnight flight. scenery
Day 14Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful holiday. leisure Back to top
AccommodationGolden West Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Passports and visasWhen travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
SmokingSmoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
TippingGratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
On your flightAll outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
Casino age restrictionsLocal laws stipulate that that there must be at least one person aged 21 or over occupying each room booked. Casino floors cannot be entered by under 21s unless they are accompanied by an adult aged over 21.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Helicopter flightsSightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Closure - 9th and 23rd September 2018 departuresThe Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will be closed due to annual maintenance in September and early October. As a result, we have withdrawn the Palm Springs and Aerial Tramway optional excursion for the above tour departures. We will be replacing this optional excursion with an included full-day excursion to Santa Monica and Hollywood at no additional cost. This excursion will replace the visits to Santa Monica on Day Five and Hollywood on Day 13, giving you longer to enjoy these iconic destinations.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Hotel roomsStandard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group. Back to top