Western Discoverer - 2014

5 out of 5 stars

14 days

from £2755 pp

Trip available from Sep to Oct 2014.
"The travel experience was outstanding"

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.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
DWED

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE LOS ANGELES

    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)

  • 2.

    LOS ANGELES – SAN DIEGO SIGHTSEEING

    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)

  • 3.

    SAN DIEGO – SCOTTSDALE

    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)

  • 4.

    SCOTTSDALE – SEDONA – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

    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)

  • 5.

    GRAND CANYON – LAKE POWELL – ZION CANYON NATIONAL PARK

    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)

  • 6.

    ZION NATIONAL PARK – LAS VEGAS (2 NIGHTS)

    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)

  • 7.

    LAS VEGAS FREE TIME

    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

  • 8.

    LAS VEGAS – MAMMOTH LAKES

    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)

  • 9.

    MAMMOTH LAKES – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

    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)

  • 10.

    YOSEMITE – SONOMA – NAPA – SAN FRANCISCO (2 NIGHTS)

    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)

  • 11.

    SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    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

  • 12.

    SAN FRANCISCO – CARMEL – MONTEREY

    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)

  • 13.

    MONTEREY – SAN SIMEON – SANTA BARBARA

    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)

  • 14.

    SANTA BARBARA – DEPART LOS ANGELES

    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

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Marvel at the sights from the South Rim.
  • Lake Powell

    Enjoy views of the lake and its impressive rock formations.
  • Las Vegas

    Spend two nights in the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
  • Los Angeles

    Enjoy a tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
  • Mammoth Lakes

    Spend the night on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • Monterey

    Travel along 17-Mile Drive and visit seaside Carmel.
  • Napa & Sonoma Valleys

    Drive along the scenic Carneros Highway and visit a winery in Sonoma.
  • San Diego

    Enjoy an orientation tour including Old Town and Balboa Park.
  • San Francisco

    Join a sightseeing tour of the city's main highlights.
  • San Juan Bautista

    Visit this historic Spanish Mission.
  • San Simeon

    Tour the lavish Hearst Castle.
  • Santa Barbara

    Visit this beautiful beach resort town.
  • Sedona

    Journey through scenic Red Rock Country and Oak Creek Canyon.
  • Yosemite National Park

    See Half Dome, El Capitan and spectacular waterfalls.
  • Zion National Park

    See the massive rock formations and explore the canyon.

Dining

  • 1 lunch:

    Be My Guest lunch with wine in Sonoma
  • 6 evening meals:

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

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation
  • 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Grand Canyon

  • SOUTH RIM AIRPLANE TOUR - 40-50 MIN FIXED WING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT

    Adult Price: $164.00

    The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. The wings on this aircraft are located over the windows which allows for spectacular panoramic sightseeing and picture taking. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

  • NORTH CANYON TOUR 25-30 MIN HELICOPTER FLIGHT

    Adult Price: $194.00

    Experience the magnitude of the Grand Canyon and its splendor of ever-changing color in a perspective incomparable to any other method of seeing this “Wonder of the World.” Your tour takes you over the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm) Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

  • NORTH CANYON TOUR- 25-30 MIN ECOSTAR HELICOPTER FLIGHT

    Adult Price: $228.00

    Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopter in the Grand Canyon with larger windows. Your tour takes you over the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm) Tour length: 2 hours. Subject to weather conditions. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

  • IMPERIAL - 40-50 MIN HELICOPTER FLIGHT EASTERN AND NORTH GRAND CANYON

    Adult Price: $265.00

    Enjoy this tour of the panoramic magnificence of the Eastern Grand Canyon combined with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon. The spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River alone make this tour worth its weight in gold. With so much to see and experience, the Eastern Canyon tour is as unique as it is beautiful. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm) Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

  • IMPERIAL - 40-50 MIN ECOSTAR HELICOPTER FLIGHT EASTERN AND NORTH GRAND CANYON

    Adult Price: $281.00

    Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm). Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

  • SOUTH RIM AIRPLANE TOUR - 40-50 MIN FIXED WING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT

    Adult Price: $164.00

    The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. The wings on this aircraft are located over the windows which allows for spectacular panoramic sightseeing and picture taking. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

Las Vegas

  • LAS VEGAS SIGHTS AND LIGHTS

    Adult Price: $30.00

    Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the other. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Tour length: 3.5 hours.

  • HIGHLIGHTS AIR TOUR - AERIAL TOUR OF HOOVER DAM LAKE MEAD WEST RIM

    Adult Price: $194.00

    Leaving the earth behind in Papillons custom Vistaliner aircraft, you’ll be lifted away to a landscape that has been forming, layer by layer, for billions of years! As you gain altitude and begin the adventure of a lifetime, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the majestic Hoover Dam, larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza, the mighty Colorado River snaking 4,000 feet beneath you, and the largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead. Banking wide around an ancient rock spire, your eyes will be opened to the West Rim of the grandest canyon, where strong geologic evidence suggests the Colorado River began carving its way through this ancient landscape, $20.00 Supplement applies for departures after 7am. 5 million years ago.

  • HOOVER DAM BOULDER CITY EXCURSION

    Adult Price: $50.00

    Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous Modern Marvels of our time, the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United State’s largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead.  Enter the base of Hoover dam on a guided tour and hear the vibrating hums of rushing water and Hydroelectric Turbines.  Visit Boulder City, a town created just to support the building of the dam, including frontier style outdoor cafe's and unusual shops. Tour Duration: 5.5 hours

  • RAT PACK IS BACK DINNER SHOW

    Adult Price: $120.00

    Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rat Pack is indeed back alive and kicking in Sin City! Enjoy a buffet dinner before the show, a throwback to the Golden Era of Las Vegas showrooms when booths were the norm and doormen walked you to your table. The Los Angeles Times might have said it best when they claimed, “Some would swear they’ve stepped into a time machine!” Neither the original gang, nor the Sands Hotel, is still around – but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive some of the most memorable times in Las Vegas history. Tour length: 4 hours.

Phoenix

  • HOT AIR BALLOONING

    Adult Price: $219.00

    Discover the awesome beauty of the desert at sunrise as you float in your hot air balloon over the distinctive landmarks of the Valley of the Sun. You will fly close to the ground - usually under 400 feet. At this altitude you’ll be able to see the sights and sounds of desert life. Breakfast, champagne and juice is included. Tour length: 3-4 hours.

San Diego

  • SAN DIEGO SCENIC HARBOR CRUISE USS MIDWAY MUSEUM

    Adult Price: $53.00

    After lunch in one of San Diego's popular areas, embark on a one-hour narrated boat tour of San Diego Harbor. Take in incredible views of San Diego and Coronado Island along with busy harbor sites including the Star of India, the U.S. Navy surface fleet, Coronado Bay Bridge and bustling shipyards. Next, visit the USS Midway Museum where every admission includes a self-guided audio tour of 25 restored aircraft and 60 exciting exhibits; from the powerful engine room to the Captain’s bridge. Enjoy one of the thrilling flight simulators or stop and listen to one of the many story-telling docents throughout the ship. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers)

  • SAN DIEGO ZOO

    Adult Price: $50.00

    Explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, located in beautiful Balboa Park. Caring for over 4000 animals of 800 different species from the forests and jungles of the world, the zoo is a unique walking experience that exhibits animals in the most natural way possible, adding shows and animal presentations throughout the day. Take the zoo bus tour to help you decide which areas you want to spend more time in – be sure to visit the Lost Forest to watch the gorillas in action and stop at the Giant Panda Research Station, which is now home to three Giant Pandas including Yun Zi born in 2009. Your admission includes the zoo bus tour, round-trip Skyfari Aerial Tram Ride, all shows and children’s zoo. Transfers included. Tour length: 4 hours. (Minimum: 10 passengers)

San Francisco

  • GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WALK SAUSALITO

    Adult Price: $39.00

    Begin your afternoon adventure with a wondrous cruise across the bay, passing haunting Alcatraz Island - catching an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge - before arriving in the quaint seaside community of Sausalito. Leisurely browse the charming shops or have lunch along the picturesque bay. Time to walk off those calories with a stroll across the 1.7 mile span of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. Learn how the bridge was an engineering marvel and about the people who gave so much time to build the icon of San Francisco Tour length: 3.5 hours. (Minimum: 10 passengers).

  • GUIDED CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR CHINESE BANQUET RIDE THE CABLE CAR AND CITY ILLUMINATIONS TOUR

    Adult Price: $65.00

    Enjoy this illuminating and exciting experience of San Francisco by night. Start with a guided walking tour of Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese communities outside of China. Explore Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting). Then experience an authentic family-style Chinese feast at ward winning Hunan Home's Restaurant. After dinner, ride one of San Francisco's fabled Cable Cars along one of the city's most scenic routes. Then, board your motorcoach for the City Illuminations Tour. Drive past the colorful signs and glittering lights of North Beach, the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower, the Broadway Strip and the historic Ferry Building. After crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, top off your evening with a spectacular night panorama of sparkling San Francisco! Tour length: 4 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers)

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