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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USAPier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USAYosemite National Park in California, USAZion National Park in Utah, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USA
Yosemite National Park in California, USA
Zion National Park in Utah, USA
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Delve into the heartland of America's West on this guided holiday, from scenic Red Rock Country in Sedona, to glamorous Las Vegas and the luscious vineyards of Napa Valley. See the city sights in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, experience the cactus-dotted desert landscapes of Arizona and relax in the seaside towns along California's coast as you travel through this eclectic and diverse location.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to the City of Angels! Take a walk around your hotel and enjoy the shops and restaurants or simply relax before your holiday begins. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Westin Long Beach (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Travel south along the Pacific Ocean to San Diego. Get acquainted with the city on a guided tour that takes you from the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town to the gardens and Spanish colonial-style museums of Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park. Enjoy some free time before joining your travelling companions for dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Head east today, as the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you— keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. This afternoon, arrive in the desert playground of Scottsdale. The evening is yours to enjoy.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Travel north through the fragrant pine groves of Coconino National Forest on your way to the artists' enclave of Sedona. Get out your cameras as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. This afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy astounding views from the South Rim and meet with a Local Expert who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this wonder of the world.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Say good-bye to the Grand Canyon as you wind your way around its South Rim. See the glittering waters of Utah's Lake Powell before continuing to the gorgeous wonderland that is Zion National Park. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Enjoy dinner this evening with your fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Zion BW Park Inn (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Depart the natural beauty of Zion and head towards the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Arrive at your hotel located in the centre of the famed Strip and enjoy the evening to relax or hit the town!

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Paris Las Vegas (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    The choices are endless: Hit the casinos, do some shopping and enjoy lunch at one of the city's elegant restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional tour to the Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind and travel through the wide-open expanses of the Mojave Desert. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and enjoy the evening on your own. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of May. In this case, overnight in Fresno at the Holiday Inn Downtown Fresno.)

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sierra Nevada Lodge (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (weather permitting) into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend the night here in one of the wild places that John Muir called "the hope of the world."

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (NP)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Descend from the mountains and head north to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. Sample olive oils and estate-produced wines, then enjoy vineyard views as you dine alfresco with your hosts at a Be My Guest lunch. Travel through Napa's scenic wine country before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with your travelling companions.

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

    Hotel: Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    As the mist rises over the bay, stunning San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Park. There's a story around every corner and this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 12


    Head south to the Old Mission in San Juan Bautista where you can step back in time to the Mission era. In the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the shops, wander down to the water's edge or savour a cappuccino at a café. After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey for the night.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hotel Pacific (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Travel south on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home of one of America's most powerful men. After a guided tour of his fabulous residence, continue to sun-kissed Santa Barbara. This evening, toast your holiday and newfound friends with a California wine pairing at a fun Farewell Dinner.

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

    Hotel: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Wake to Santa Barbara's golden beaches and elegant Spanish Revival buildings. Head south to Hollywood and see its landmark sign, Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Bid farewell to the City of Angels as you ride down Sunset Boulevard and through Beverly Hills. A complimentary transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or to the Millennium Biltmore hotel if you'd like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 5 p.m.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy lunch with your host at a family-owned winery in the Sonoma Valley and delight in local vintages paired with delicious cuisine.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Join a specialist for an informative presentation on the Grand Canyon.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • San DiegoEnjoy an orientation tour including Old Town and Balboa Park.
  • SedonaJourney through scenic Red Rock Country and Oak Creek Canyon.
  • Grand Canyon National ParkMarvel at the sights from the South Rim.
  • Lake PowellEnjoy views of the lake and its impressive rock formations.
  • Zion National ParkSee the massive rock formations and explore the canyon.
  • Las VegasSpend two nights in the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
  • Mammoth LakesSpend the night on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • Yosemite National ParkSee Half Dome, El Capitan and spectacular waterfalls.
  • Napa & Sonoma ValleysDrive along the scenic Carneros Highway and visit a winery in Sonoma.
  • San FranciscoJoin a sightseeing tour of the city's main highlights.
  • San Juan BautistaVisit this historic Spanish Mission.
  • MontereyTravel along 17-Mile Drive and visit seaside Carmel.
  • San SimeonTour the lavish Hearst Castle.
  • Santa BarbaraVisit this beautiful beach resort town.
  • Los AngelesEnjoy a tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.


  • 13 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch:
    • Be My Guest lunch with wine in Sonoma
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Los Angeles
    • 3 three-course dinners
    • Highlight Dinner with wine in San Francisco
    • Farewell Dinner with wine pairing in Santa Barbara

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 holiday 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 holiday
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation

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  • Hotels are subject to change.
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