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Best of the West 2014

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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USASedona in Arizona, USADowntown Los Angeles, USAMonterey Bay Aquarium in California, USAGolden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USAFabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, USAZion National Park in Utah, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Sedona in Arizona, USA
Downtown Los Angeles, USA
Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, USA
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA
Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Zion National Park in Utah, USA
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: America and Canada 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, then head out on this exciting tour throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. Visit a date farm and try a delicious date shake in the Coachella Valley before enjoying an aerial view aboard the world's largest rotating gondola. Bid Farewell to Palm Springs and cross into Arizona to see "the West's most Western town" of Scottsdale. Travel on to the spectacular Grand Canyon before exploring Zion National Park. Then try your luck at the "Entertainment Capital of the World" in Las Vegas and experience the hottest place in the United States at Death Valley. Marvel at the Golden Gate Bridge and Alamo Square in San Francisco before travelling south along the Pacific coast passing Carmel, Monterey and inland through Paso Robles before ending your trip in Los Angeles, the City of Angels!

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Los Angeles! After checking in at your hotel on the water in Long Beach, explore the exciting city before gathering back at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Maya Long Beach, a Doubletree Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Head towards Palm Springs this morning and stop at the Coachella Valley Preserve where you will learn all about the thriving agriculture and taste a delicious date shake, a Local Speciality. Board the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world's largest rotating gondola, for a ride up the mountain offering you spectacular views of the valley below. Enjoy the evening to explore on your own.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Bid farewell to Palm Springs and cross into the state of Arizona. Arrive in Scottsdale, often called "the West's most western town" where your hotel is superbly located right in the heart of the city in walking distance to dozens of restaurants, shops and art galleries. The evening is yours to explore.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Travel to the artist's enclave of Sedona. Visit the historic sites and landmarks while taking in the beauty of this red-rock landscape. Drive through Oak Creek Canyon gazing at the red cliffs and crystal pools below. Travel north to the Grand Canyon. Upon arrival, meet with a Local Expert who will walk you through the geologic life of the canyon—you'll become a rock expert yourself as you examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation. Gather this evening to watch the sunset and the fading light gilding the canyon and casting enchanting shadows.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Ferd Grofe, the famed American composer, was so stunned by the spectacular beauty of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon that he composed his Grand Canyon Suite in 1931. But all you have to do is watch—and maybe whistle—in amazement as the skies glow and brighten with the coming day. Bid farewell to this natural wonder of the world and hit the road towards Zion National Park.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: BW Zion Park Inn (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Explore Zion National Park this morning. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths before departing towards the neon lights of Sin City—fabulous Las Vegas. Upon arrival, the night is yours: try your luck at the tables, take in a show, or just get out and enjoy all the sights and lights on the Strip.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Paris Las Vegas (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    The day is yours and the choices are endless! Hit the casinos, dine at one of the elegant restaurants that have put Vegas on the culinary map, or enjoy one of many extravagant shows. Looking for a souvenir? Vegas is packed full of guilty pleasures, offering some of the best shopping in the country. Perhaps take an optional tour to marvel at the engineering feat that is the Hoover Dam. Exhausted by the possibilities? Enjoy some down time at the hotel's pool or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Make your way from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park, named for its extreme temperatures. During the summer months, temperatures can climb upwards of 120 °F (49 °C), frequently the hottest spot in the United States. But don't worry, you have the chance to explore this natural wonder when temperatures are much more comfortable. In the park, you will see a variety of terrain from the cracked earth known as Bad Water to the colourful Artist's Palette and the delicate sand dunes. And learn why Death Valley has recently been deemed the world's largest Dark Sky Preserve. This evening, hop on a hayride under the stars which takes you to a barbecue Highlight Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: Furnace Creek Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Continue exploring Death Valley from the road as you head to Visalia. On the way, stop at Manzanar National Historic Site for a Unique Insight into one of ten camps where Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants were forced to relocate during World War II. Arrive at your hotel this evening and enjoy some time at leisure.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Marriott Visalia (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Head up the California coast to San Francisco. Visit the iconic Golden Gate Bridge before embarking on an orientation tour that takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to Alamo Square. Then enjoy a Unique Insight into the hustle and bustle of the city during a visit to the Cable Car Museum. There's a story around every corner of San Francisco so take some free time this afternoon to continue the exploration on your own.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    The entire day is yours to explore glorious, exciting, eccentric San Francisco as you wish. Ride the cable cars, shop Union Square, or visit the museums and gardens of Golden Gate Park. Take advantage of exciting optional excursions including a trip to Northern California's Wine Country or a visit to the California Academy of Sciences, a fascinating institution exploring the origins of human life on Earth. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you make any arrangements. This evening, enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 12


    Head south towards the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea to browse the shops, wander down to the water's edge or savour a cappuccino at a café. Stop at a popular local fruit stand and stock up on delicious treats. After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest experience. Your hosts share their knowledge and love of food with you this evening as you dine on a meal of the freshest, locally sourced produce of the region. Participate in the creation of your meal, an experience meant to empower you as a diner with an understanding of the farm to table experience.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Marriott Monterey (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Enjoy a morning visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to thousands of plants and animals representing 623 species! Depart for the city of Paso Robles where the evening is free to relax.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Paso Robles Inn (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Head south, back to the City of Angels, where your holiday began and enjoy a city tour including the Dolby Theater, the current home of the Oscars! Then, visit the famous LA Farmer's Market where the food choices are endless, offered in a pot pouri of colourful delicacies from local vendors. Enjoy some free time to explore the thriving metropolis before joining your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Millennium Biltmore (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 15


    Your journey comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to Los Angeles International Airport or extend your stay at the Millennium Biltmore.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a dinner of locally sourced food with your hosts in Monterey.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit the Coachella Valley Preserve where you learn about the local agriculture and taste one of the local favourites, the delicious date shake.
  • Local Expert Learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Manzanar Historic Site and learn about its purpose during World War II.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Palm SpringsView this desert oasis from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway; see the San Andreas Fault on a tour of the Coachella Valley Preserve.
  • SedonaVisit this artist's enclave and enjoy the beautiful red rock landscape.
  • Grand Canyon National ParkMarvel at the sights from the South Rim at one of the Natural Wonders of the World.
  • Las VegasTry your luck in the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
  • Death Valley National ParkTake in the diverse landscapes of the hottest place in the United States.
  • MontereySee Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • San FranciscoTour the highlights of the City by the Bay.
  • Los AngelesVisit the City of Angels and enjoy a tour of the Dolby Theater; see the famous LA Farmer's Market.


  • 14 full breakfasts
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Los Angeles
    • 2 three-course dinners
    • Barbecue Highlight Dinner with wine in Death Valley National Park
    • Be My Guest dinner in Monterey
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Los Angeles

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 14 nights First Class accommodation

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