Golden West Contrasts - 2015

8 days

from US$1845 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The trip was an exciting adventure"
Marilyn , Jul 2014

There’s plenty of time to savour the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the utter decadence and bright lights of Las Vegas, and the history of San Diego on your leisurely trip through America’s Golden West.

It’s Insider moments like… picture life as an 1890s miner as you imagine the hardships of prospecting while you travel through the desert to the silver rush ghost town of Calico. It's visiting a local winery in rural Temecula Valley. In Los Angeles, it’s mixing the classic must-dos, like spotting the Hollywood sign and searching for your favourite star on the Walk of Fame, with a private tour inside the Dolby Theatre – home to the Oscars.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
DGWC

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE LOS ANGELES (3 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to the City of Angels! After checking in at your hotel, spend the afternoon exploring this great city on your own before gathering this evening at 6 p.m. at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Millennium Biltmore (F)

  • 2.

    HOLLYWOOD & SANTA MONICA SIGHTSEEING

    As the sun rises on Los Angeles, head to the hills for a view of the famed Hollywood sign. Then take a stroll along the Walk of Fame and see Grauman's Chinese Theater, opened in 1927 and home to hundreds of premieres and three Academy Award ceremonies. Speaking of the Academy Awards, enjoy a private tour of the Dolby Theater, current home of the Oscars. This afternoon, follow the sleek, stylish Angelenos to beachside Santa Monica with its pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade and its iconic pier, which stretches out over the sun-kissed Pacific. Enjoy a Regional Meal tonight in one of Beverly Hills' renowned restaurants.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional meal

  • 3.

    LOS ANGELES AT LEISURE

    Los Angeles is the city of dreams. Pursue yours today, whether it's a trip to Venice Beach, shopping at Rodeo Drive boutiques or a visit to the renowned Los Angeles County Museum of Art. If you like, take an optional excursion to Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park and enjoy the Studio Tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making. This evening is on your own to enjoy a night on the town—take in a show or linger over a gourmet dinner. Whatever you wish, your Travel Director can help you plan your time.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    LOS ANGELES – LAS VEGAS (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel east into the deserts of California with a stop in the old ghost town of Calico. As you make your way to Sin City, through the stark Mojave National Preserve, arrive at a barrage of lights breaking the Nevada wilderness: flashy Las Vegas. Celebrate your trip through the desert with a Regional Meal at a local Las Vegas restaurant. Tonight, 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,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Paris Las Vegas

  • 5.

    LAS VEGAS AT LEISURE

    The day is yours and the choices are endless: Hit the casinos; do some shopping; or maybe enjoy lunch at one of the elegant restaurants that have put Vegas on the culinary map. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional tour to marvel at the engineering feat that is the Hoover Dam, or soar over the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon or walk on the breathtaking glass Sky Walk overlooking the West Rim. Exhausted by the possibilities? Why not lounge by the hotel pool or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage?

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 6.

    LAS VEGAS – TEMECULA – SAN DIEGO (2 NIGHTS)

    Say good-bye to Sin City and head back to California, travelling through the lovely town of Temecula, situated among rolling hills dotted with vineyards. Enjoy a visit to a local winery in Temecula Valley for a guided tour and private wine tasting, a Local Speciality. Continue to laid-back San Diego, site of the first Spanish mission in California.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Omni San Diego

  • 7.

    SAN DIEGO SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE

    From the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter to the luxuriant gardens of Balboa Park, San Diego entices visitors and locals alike with a combination of fascinating history, lively street life and some of the best weather in the country. Get acquainted with the city on a guided orientation tour and then enjoy some leisure time to do some shopping, take an optional tour to the San Diego Zoo, cruise on the picturesque harbour or visit the USS Midway. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner cruise.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 8.

    SAN DIEGO – SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – ANAHEIM – DEPART LOS ANGELES

    Travelling up the coast past the idyllic community of La Jolla, arrive in San Juan Capistrano, home to one of the oldest missions in California. Visit the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the iconic Bell Tower and the peaceful Sacred Garden, before arriving in Anaheim where travellers opting for the Disneyland® Resort extension will disembark. The rest of the group returns to Los Angeles where you may take a complimentary transfer to Los Angeles International Airport or to the Millennium Biltmore if you want to extend your stay in Southern California. Please do not schedule any flights before 6 p.m.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Stay in luxury at the Millennium Biltmore which has been the filming location for numerous award-winning feature films and television shows.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality

    Visit the Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Calico

    Visit Calico Ghost Town, site of a former silver mine.
  • Hollywood

    See Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign; take a private guided tour of the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards.
  • Las Vegas

    Spend two nights in the entertainment capital of the world.
  • San Diego

    See Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter.
  • San Juan Capistrano

    Take a guided tour of Mission San Juan Capistrano.
  • Santa Monica

    Visit the shops, restaurants and cafes on Third Street Promenade; see the world famous Santa Monica Pier.
  • Temecula

    Savour a private wine tasting after a guided winery tour.

Dining

  • 4 evening meals:

    Farewell Dinner cruise with wine in San Diego

    Regional Meal with wine in Beverly Hills


    Regional Meal in Las Vegas


    Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Los Angeles
  • 7 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Las Vegas

  • Hoover Dam and 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 the 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
  • Hoover Dam and Boulder City Excursion + Mob Museum

    Adult Price: $60.00 Same as Hoover Dam and Boulder City Excursion, plus Mob Museum Visit. The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover "the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
  • Indian Country Adventure with Skywalk

    Adult Price: $310.00 Enjoy breathtaking bird’s eye views of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Was flightseeing airplane with oversized viewing windows allowing the best photo and video opportunities. Visit the Indian Village, an exhibition of Native American dwelling buildings and techniques, and walk the Grand Canyon Skywalk, an incredible glass-bottomed cantilever observation deck that spans 70 feet over the canyon’s rim that allows you to look straight down over 4,000 feet to the bottom of the canyon. The tour includes a light meal before your return flight. Tour length: 6.5 hours.

Las Vegas

  • Rat Pack is Back Dinner Show

    Adult Price: $129.00 Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rat Pack is indeed back and 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. Duration: 4 hours.
  • Michael Jackson Live Dinner Show

    Adult Price: $120.00 Featuring all his biggest hits including Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It, Dangerous, Smooth Criminal, Black & White, I Want You Back and many others. Relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. Witness the awesome sound, lighting and effects. Feel the energy from the mega talented MJ LIVE dancers. Sing along to some of the greatest hits of all time. Price includes dinner. Duration: 4 hours

Los Angeles

  • Universal Studios Hollywood – One Day Park Ticket

    Adult Price: $97.00 Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place at Universal Studios Hollywood. Go behind the scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made and experience the largest movie set street expansion in Hollywood history. And don’t miss King Kong 360 3-D created by Peter Jackson. It’s the world’s largest, most intense 3-D experience. Here, you won’t just see it, you won’t just hear it - you’ll feel it. It’s 3-D to the next level. Experience the Special Effects Stage, where you’ll become an expert in Hollywood moviemaking magic as you learn about CGI, stop motion capture and 3-D technology. Face action head on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies and TV series, such as the Revenge of the Mummy thrill coaster, Jurassic Park® -The Ride, Shrek 4-D™ and the mega-attraction based on the blockbuster TV series, The Simpsons. Finish your day off at Universal CityWalk.
  • Melting Pot Food Tour - Flavors of Farmer's Market

    Adult Price: $48.00 This food tasting tour takes you on a journey through one of the most walk able streets in Los Angeles. 3rd Street is teeming with cafes, bookstores, gourmet groceries, restaurants and the original Farmers Market. Enjoy food tasting from a diverse array of cuisines, ranging from Brazilian to French to Japanese. Discover restaurants, cafes, gourmet grocers, bakeries, unique specialty shops and little known haunts frequented by celebrities. This is a memorable Los Angeles tour, for locals and visitors alike.

San Diego

  • San Diego Scenic Harbor Cruise & USS Midway Museum

    Adult Price: $52.00 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 guests)
  • San Diego Zoo

    Adult Price: $51.00 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 guests)
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