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Length:  15 days from Los Angeles to Los Angeles

2019 Season Departs From:  Los Angeles


Overview

Experience the best of the West on this thrilling adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, scenic drives, and unique rock formations. This western U.S. tour begins and ends in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Fresno, Tulare, Modesto, San Francisco, Monterey, and Solvang.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can stroll the rim and witness truly breathtaking landscapes, and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. More beautiful scenery awaits you on the drive between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon. Witness stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., and stop in Sedona, a thriving center of New Age set in massive red-rock formations. In contrast to the desert landscapes, enjoy 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll witness views of waves, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and million-dollar homes.

On this western U.S. tour, spend time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with plenty of time on your own to explore. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars and enjoy an optional outing to see a Las Vegas show—the choice is yours! Other tour highlights are time in Carmel, a quaint and picturesque town; Monterey, where you’ll visit Fisherman’s Wharf, known for its historic waterfront, and Cannery Row, the famous street that runs parallel to Monterey Bay’s coastline; Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with scenic buildings and windmills; and Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission.

This is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers!

Duration:  15 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
29 March, 2019 12 April, 2019
12 April, 2019 26 April, 2019
26 April, 2019 10 May, 2019
30 April, 2019 14 May, 2019
03 May, 2019 17 May, 2019
10 May, 2019 24 May, 2019
17 May, 2019 31 May, 2019
24 May, 2019 07 June, 2019
28 May, 2019 11 June, 2019
07 June, 2019 21 June, 2019
11 June, 2019 25 June, 2019
14 June, 2019 28 June, 2019
18 June, 2019 02 July, 2019
21 June, 2019 05 July, 2019
05 July, 2019 19 July, 2019
12 July, 2019 26 July, 2019
19 July, 2019 02 August, 2019
26 July, 2019 09 August, 2019
06 August, 2019 20 August, 2019
09 August, 2019 23 August, 2019
16 August, 2019 30 August, 2019
23 August, 2019 06 September, 2019
30 August, 2019 13 September, 2019
06 September, 2019 20 September, 2019
13 September, 2019 27 September, 2019
17 September, 2019 01 October, 2019
20 September, 2019 04 October, 2019
24 September, 2019 08 October, 2019
27 September, 2019 11 October, 2019
01 October, 2019 15 October, 2019
04 October, 2019 18 October, 2019
11 October, 2019 25 October, 2019
18 October, 2019 01 November, 2019


City Highlights

LOS ANGELES
Sightseeing

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

WILLIAMS
Historic Route 66

LAS VEGAS
Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas “Strip”

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; Golden Gate Bridge

MONTEREY
Sightseeing including Cannery Row, 17-Mile Drive, and Carmel

SANTA BARBARA
Sightseeing





Day 1   LOS ANGELES. Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2   LOS ANGELES. Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown. Drive through Hollywood and see the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. A historic gem, this world-famous cinema (formerly, Grauman’s), has hosted some of the most exclusive movie premieres in Hollywood history. The Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater) is the first permanent home of the glamorous Academy Awards. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame where iconic terrazzo stars grace block after city block of Hollywood Boulevard and Street-air Farmers Market, with more than 140 shops and restaurants. The remainder of your day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions for further exploration of the city.

Day 3   LOS ANGELES–PALM SPRINGS. Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930’s laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible.

Day 4   PALM SPRINGS–SCOTTSDALE. Travel through cacti covered desert towards Old Town Scottsdale where Western storefronts create an aura of the past. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore a taste of the Old West with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats abundant, you will feel like you have traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.

Day 5   SCOTTSDALE–SEDONA–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–WILLIAMS. First stop today is a visit to Sedona, a center for Southwestern and New Age arts. Climb through Oak Creek Canyon with its weather-sculpted formations of dramatic, color-tinted crags. Then pass by the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,093 feet into the Colorado River. Stay overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the main street.

Day 6   WILLIAMS–LAS VEGAS. Cross the old Mohave gold-strike country, that still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in the natural desert beauty. Look out for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to 40 feet high and can live for more than 300 years. Today’s destination is the man-made phenomenon in the Nevada desert that is Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.”

Day 7   LAS VEGAS. The day is free for exploring on your own. Your Tour Director will have plenty of activities to choose from and will recommend favorite restaurants and shopping areas.

Day 8   LAS VEGAS–TULARE. Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. See the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.

Day 9   TULARE–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MODESTO. Enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterward, drive to Modesto. (CB)

Day 10   MODESTO–SAUSALITO–SAN FRANCISCO. This morning, we continue west to the “Golden Gate City” of San Francisco, famous for its cable cars. Lunch in the pristine waterfront community of Sausalito. Free time to explore this quaint, Mediterranean-style village’s shops, galleries, and breathtaking views. Afterward, included sightseeing takes in the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf. (CB)

Day 11   SAN FRANCISCO. The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterward, the day is yours to explore the “City by the Bay.” Choose from a variety of optional excursions.

NOTE:
Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.

Day 12   SAN FRANCISCO. Another day at leisure to explore this most beautiful city. Perhaps ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach, or shop for bargains in Union Square.

Day 13   SAN FRANCISCO–MONTEREY. Today, you travel south to picturesque Monterey, which was once Spain’s Californian capital, and visit historic Fisherman’s Wharf, where you may spot sea lions and otters. This afternoon, travel to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life?

Day 14   MONTEREY–17-MILE DRIVE–CARMEL–SOLVANG. Today, you’ll take in spectacular 17-MILE DRIVE. Watch Pacific Ocean waves en route to Carmel on Carmel Bay. Nestled in a pine forest, the one-square-mile village of Carmel is incredibly dynamic, yet still quaint and picturesque. Afterward, on to Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. There’s time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the “Old World” architecture. Tasty bakery treats and perhaps a Danish smorgasbord for dinner all add to the unique experience. (CB)

Day 15   SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–SANTA MONICA–LOS ANGELES. From Solvang, it’s a short drive south to coastal Santa Barbara. Sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission and a visit to the pier. There’s time to wander along the bustling waterfront or do some shopping in some of the most talked-about boutiques in downtown Santa Barbara. Next, we make our way to the Santa Monica Pier and the ultimate Southern California beach. Afterward, guests with outbound flights will head to Los Angeles International Airport. Please schedule flights after 5 pm. (CB)

Meals:  4 continental breakfasts

Transportation

Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.