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Western Discoverer

14 Days 1 Country 11 Cities

Immerse yourself in the heartland of the West, from scenic Red Rock Country in Sedona to glamorous Las Vegas.

"The travel experience was outstanding"

Bernice

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About this trip

Taking in two national parks, the major metropolises of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, wine country, the ocean and deserts, this diverse trip crosses three extraordinary states.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting the chef, farmer and host who create your authentic Californian meal at stunning Stella Mare's restaurant. And learning about the formation of the Grand Canyon, as you explore with an expert geologist.


Trip type: Discoveries i

Trip code: DWED

13 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 13 full breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of San Francisco and Los Angeles and orientation of San Diego

    • View Oak Creek Canyon and Half Dome

    • Visit Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Napa and Sonoma Valley, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Carmel and Monterey.

    • Scenic drive along 17-Mile Drive


What's Included

Dining

    • 13 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 13 nights First Class accommodation


    Airport Transfers

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


Western Discoverer

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Day 1

Arrive Los Angeles

Day 2

Los Angeles – San Diego Sightseeing

Day 3

San Diego – Scottsdale

Day 4

Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Day 5

Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas (2 nights)

Day 6

Las Vegas Free Time

Day 7

Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes

Day 8

Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Day 9

Yosemite – Napa - Sonoma – San Francisco (2 nights)

Day 10

San Francisco Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 11

San Francisco – Carmel - Monterey (2 nights)

Day 12

Monterey Free Time

Day 13

Monterey – San Simeon – Santa Barbara

Day 14

Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles

Day 1

Arrive Los Angeles Day 1 - Arrive Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels. After a short transfer to Long Beach, settle in at your hotel and 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.

Hotel

Hotel Maya

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Hotel Maya

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Los Angeles – San Diego Sightseeing Day 2 - Los Angeles – San Diego Sightseeing

Travel south along the Pacific Ocean to San Diego. Get acquainted with the city on a 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.

Hotel

Westin Gaslamp Quarter

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Westin Gaslamp Quarter

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 2

Day 3

San Diego – Scottsdale Day 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.

Hotel

Embassy Suites Phoenix - Scottsdale

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Embassy Suites Phoenix - Scottsdale

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park Day 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 Specialist who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this natural wonder of the world.

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas (2 nights) Day 5 - Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas (2 nights)

Depart the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon and head towards the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Arrive at your hotel located in the centre of the famed Strip and enjoy one of the high-end buffets Las Vegas is renowned for.

Hotel

Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Las Vegas Free Time Day 6 - Las Vegas Free Time

The choices today 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 experience to the Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Perhaps get a different perspective of sprawling Las Vegas; with a ride on the High Rolller. Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes Day 7 - 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 will be in Fresno at The Doubletree.)

Hotel

The Westin Monache Resort

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

The Westin Monache Resort

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park Day 8 - 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 afternoon here in one of the wild places that John Muir called “the hope of the world.”

Hotel

Best Western Yosemite Way Station

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Best Western Yosemite Way Station

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Yosemite – Napa - Sonoma – San Francisco (2 nights) Day 9 - Yosemite – Napa - Sonoma – San Francisco (2 nights)

Descend from the mountains and head north for lunch on your own in Napa. Then it's on to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. Travel through Napa's scenic wine country before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, enjoy dinner with your travelling companions.

Hotel

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

San Francisco Sightseeing and Free Time Day 10 - San Francisco Sightseeing and 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 Golden Gate Park. There's a story around every corner and this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

San Francisco – Carmel - Monterey (2 nights) Day 11 - San Francisco – Carmel - Monterey (2 nights)

Spend a leisurely morning in San Francisco before heading to Carmel. 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.  

Hotel

The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

Day 12

Monterey Free Time Day 12 - Monterey Free Time

After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, spend the rest of your day experiencing the historic waterfront district Cannery Row in Monterey.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 12

Day 13

Monterey – San Simeon – Santa Barbara Day 13 - Monterey – San Simeon – Santa Barbara

Travel south on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home to one of America's most powerful men, William Hearst. 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 culinary Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Your host, a local chef and author, shares the bounty of local, seasonal foods for the ultimate farm-to-table experience.

Hotel

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 13

Day 14

Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles Day 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 transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or to the Millennium Biltmore if you'd like to extend your stay. Airport arrival will be at 2:30 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 14

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of San Francisco and Los Angeles and orientation of San Diego

    • View Oak Creek Canyon and Half Dome

    • Visit Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Napa and Sonoma Valley, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Carmel and Monterey.

    • Scenic drive along 17-Mile Drive


What's Included

Dining

    • 13 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 13 nights First Class accommodation


    Airport Transfers

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


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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 45 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : 1. MIles/Klms travelled without stopping except for lunch 45 mins & rest breaks 15 mins was far to long. It takes 15 mins to get out of the bus when sitting at back of bus.2. Map in Trafalgar Brochure indicates that travel down Pacific Highway from Carmel to San Simeon then to

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    Service:

    Service rating : Tour was great, commentry was robotic, information was adequate, pace was a little quicker than we expected, places visited awesome cost of added excursions was a little higher than needed. Good timing for us as weather was perfect.Product : There is always room for improvement.

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    Service rating : OKProduct : OK. Commentary was very basic, not much time at some stops, some optional tours were poor value.

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    Service:

    Service rating : Excellent tour guide and driver quality hotels and experiencesProduct : Overall great except for not enough time on some places

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    Service:

    Service rating : Excellent service from Travel Director Jay Pickett and driver Gary Faust.Product : would have liked less time in Yosemite and more time in town.

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