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California's Great National Parks

8 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Discover the Majestic Mountain Loop, linking Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks.

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      • Crossovers: These dates operate on a different itinerary as per the 2017 brochure, in reverse, starting in Los Angeles and ending in Las Vegas. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Groves of giant sequoias frame your path through the Land of Giants and the natural wonders of California, from the inferno of Death Valley to the Gold and Silver Rush foothills of the Sierra Nevada, peaceful meadows of Yosemite Valley and the natural serenity of Mammoth Lakes.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: DCGP

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 2 lunches

      • 3 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • See General Grant Tree in King's Canyon National Park, General Sherman, Sequoia National Park, El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, Devils Postpile National Historic Monument, Badwater Basin in Death Valley

        • Visit Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Giant Forest Museum in Kings Canyon National Park, Mammoth Lakes, the summit of Mammoth Mountain on a scenic gondola ride, Death Valley National Park


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Las Vegas

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      Day 2

      Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park – Mammoth Lakes (2 Nights)

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      Day 3

      Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile Sightseeing

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      Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

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      Yosemite National Park – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (2 Nights)

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      Sequoia National Park Excursion

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      Sequoia National Park – Los Angeles

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      Depart Los Angeles

      Day 1

      Arrive Las Vegas Day 1 - Arrive Las Vegas

      Welcome to glittering Las Vegas. Get acclimated and relax at your hotel situated on the famous Las Vegas Strip. At 6 p.m. meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Tropicana Las Vegas, A Doubletree Resort

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Tropicana Las Vegas, A Doubletree Resort

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park – Mammoth Lakes (2 Nights) Day 2 - Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park – Mammoth Lakes (2 Nights)

      Today, discover North America's lowest, hottest and driest point as you enter Death Valley National Park, the largest National Park in the contiguous United States. Enjoy scenic views at Zabriskie Point over the inferno that is Death Valley, learn about the valley's unique geological features, enjoying sweeping views of desert gorges and miles of sand dunes as your Travel Director shares fascinating facts about the area's unique history and intriguing weather patterns. Dip 282 feet (86 metres) below sea level at the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. No putter required at Devil's Golf Course, a massive saltpan of jagged spires where "only the devil could play golf on such rough link". After lunch at Furnace Creek, continue through the desert landscape of Death Valley and start the ascent on the eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes for a relaxing two-night stay and enjoy dinner.

      Hotel

      The Westin Monache Resort

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      The Westin Monache Resort

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile Sightseeing Day 3 - Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile Sightseeing

      Enjoy a full day in Mammoth Lakes, California's premier mountain resort. The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and Mammoth Lakes is right in the heart of it all. See for yourself with a ride up the Scenic Gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain (when operating), where you'll enjoy 360-degree views of the Sierras. Next is Devils Postpile National Historic Monument, resembling a tidy 60 foot (18 metre) tall lumber pile created by giants. Continue on a short trail down to Rainbow Falls and indulge in the beauty that this area has to offer. The rest of the day is free to do as you please.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park Day 4 - Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

      Head north, travelling across the Tioga Pass and enter Yosemite National Park, one of the crown jewels in the National Park system and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga pass to be closed to traffic, typically mid-Oct to the end of May. An alternate route and a hotel in Lake Tahoe will be used.) Drive past Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows as you make your way down to Yosemite Valley. Discover the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park aboard a special valley floor tour, with opportunities to explore. Led by a Park Ranger and Local Specialist, you'll get to see all of the valley highlights, as you learn about the natural history, indigenous peoples, the first non-indigenous settlers, flora and the fauna throughout the park. Then head to your accommodation, located inside the National Park, giving you more time to enjoy the park when the day visitors have left.

      Hotel

      Yosemite Valley Lodge Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Yosemite Valley Lodge Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Yosemite National Park – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (2 Nights) Day 5 - Yosemite National Park – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (2 Nights)

      As you leave Yosemite National Park, stop at one of the most photographed vistas in the world, providing a panoramic view of Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridal Veil Falls. Stop at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and stretch your legs on a short hike to the General Grant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. Today, these two National Parks protect nearly half of the remaining sequoias in the world. Stop at Kings Canyon Lookout for a bird's eye view of the canyon and continue along the Majestic Mountain Loop, winding through groves of majestic sequoias before arriving at Sequoia National Park, a stunning area near the southern end of California's famous mountain range. This evening, after dinner, immerse yourself in a stargazing program as a naturalist and Local Specialist guides you through the star spangled sky, far away from the city lights.

      Hotel

      Wuksachi Lodge Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Wuksachi Lodge Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Sequoia National Park Excursion Day 6 - Sequoia National Park Excursion

      Explore this "Land of Giants" further with a walk along the General Sherman Tree Loop trail which culminates at the base of the General Sherman Tree, estimated to be over 2,200 years old. Stop at the Giant Forest Museum, where you learn about the history and enjoy a short movie presentation about the ecology and fire inside the replica of a burned-out giant sequoia. Walk the Big Trees Trail while enjoying the fresh air of the giant redwood forest. Old West grilling doesn't get any more authentic as you enjoy a barbecue lunch with a living-history reenactor, and Local Specialist, who tells stories of early life in the mountains. After lunch, use the park's complimentary shuttle system to explore further on your own.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Sequoia National Park – Los Angeles Day 7 - Sequoia National Park – Los Angeles

      Descend through the spectacular Sierra Nevada and the Los Padres National Forest before arriving in Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Cruise down Sunset Boulevard as you make your way to Tinseltown, Hollywood. Here you'll be joined by a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour taking in Hollywood's most famous icons: the Hollywood Sign, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tonight, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Beverly Hills Marriott

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Beverly Hills Marriott

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Los Angeles Day 8 - Depart Los Angeles

      Today, a transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or perhaps extend your stay.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/aus/tours/californias-great-national-parks for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Stay at the rustic Yosemite Valley Lodge within walking distance of Yosemite Falls and the Wuksachi Lodge in the heart of Sequoia National Park

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        See the Yosemite highlights with a Park Ranger and learn about the natural history, indigenous people, flora and fauna. Stargaze with a naturalist, enjoy a living history with a reenactor telling stories of early life in the mountains and hear stories of stars as you travel through Tinseltown, Hollywood

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • See General Grant Tree in King's Canyon National Park, General Sherman, Sequoia National Park, El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, Devils Postpile National Historic Monument, Badwater Basin in Death Valley

        • Visit Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Giant Forest Museum in Kings Canyon National Park, Mammoth Lakes, the summit of Mammoth Mountain on a scenic gondola ride, Death Valley National Park


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 49 Reviews

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        Service rating : Well organized. Excellent itinerary.Product : Included all the parks we wanted to see.

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        Service rating : The tour guide Sarah was wonderful, very knowledgeable of the parks and the history of the area.Product : Would have like to visit some of the areas that were highlighted in the itinerary the Devil's post pile was one of them. If something is Seasonal you should give the dates

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        Service:

        Service rating : Our fourth trip and each one has been wonderful, but if you love outdoor beauty this trip is for you! Sarah was a perfect guide as we traversed from the high mountains to the desert valley below. And our Bus Driver allowed us to relax and take in the views as we twisted and

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        Service:

        We quite enjoyed the trip and had a very good driver and excellent tour guide. The missing star is really mostly for the food in the hotels. The reception in the Beverly Hilton Marriott was disappointing, considering that I only ended up with 2 little bites of food which may have been the

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Could not rate the trip excellent because many, many of the meals were cold that should have been served warm. Particularly the breakfasts. Sharon our tour guide was excellent. The accomodations at Mammoth Lakes was excellent. Bus driver Nick also excellent.

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