Western Discoverer - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

14 days

from $3083 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The travel experience was outstanding"
Bernice , Aug 2014

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

It's Insider moments like… meeting the chef, farmer and host who create your authentic Californian meal at stunning Stella Mare in Santa Barbara. A down-to-earth experience, you're welcomed to an old sea captain's house by Laurence, who owns a small orchard and created your menu. Her chef, Roth, gets one of you to make the salad dressing you'll all enjoy, and one of her farmer friends brings the freshly picked salad ingredients. You'll also meet an expert who teaches you the geology of the Grand Canyon in the vast majestic canyon itself.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    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.


    Welcome Reception


    Hotel Maya

  • 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.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Omni San Diego

  • 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.


    Full Breakfast


    Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

  • 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 natural wonder of the world.


    Full Breakfast


    National Park Lodges

  • 5.


    Say goodbye 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.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Holiday Inn Express Zion Park

  • 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!


    Full Breakfast


    Paris Las Vegas

  • 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. Perhaps take a ride on Las Vegas' newest attraction; the world's tallest observation wheel! Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage.


    Full Breakfast

  • 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 Radisson.)


    Full Breakfast


    Sierra Nevada Lodge

  • 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.”


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Yosemite View Lodge

  • 10.


    Descend from the mountains and head north 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. Visit the Cable Car Museum, a Unique Insight, a celebration of San Francisco's rail transit history, focused on exploring the positive impacts streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in this great city. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal with your travelling companions.


    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal


    Hyatt Embarcadero

  • 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 Golden Gate Park. There's a story around every corner and this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path.


    Full Breakfast

  • 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.


    Full Breakfast


    Portola Hotel & Spa Monterey Bay

  • 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 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.


    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining


    Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort

  • 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 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 5pm.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Farewell Dinner in Santa Barbara.
  • Local Expert

    Join a specialist for an informative presentation on the Grand Canyon.
  • Unique Insight

    Visit the Cable Car Museum to explore the positives impact streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in San Francisco.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour of San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Scenic drive along 17-Mile Drive.
  • View Lake Powell.
  • Visit San Juan Bautista, San Simeon, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterey, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.


  • 13 full breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners

    (including 3 three course dinners, Regional Meal and Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).
  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation
  • 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


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.

Grand Canyon

  • North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

    Adult Price: $229.00 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 Kaibab National Forest and into 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. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).
  • Imperial Ecostar Helicopter Flight

    Adult Price: $319.00 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. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).
  • South Rim Airplane Tour - Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

    Adult Price: $199.00 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. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

Las Vegas

  • Las Vegas Sights & Lights

    Adult Price: $30.00 Join this exciting night on the town! 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.
  • 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."

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


  • 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 are included. Tour length: 3-4 hours.

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)


  • Easy on the Asphalt

    Adult Price: $80.00 For those who prefer not to go four-wheel-driving off road, this is a good alternative as you will still ride aboard open-air Jeeps, but only on surfaced public roads. This informative and relaxing excursion will give you a good snapshot of Sedona with great photo opportunities from some of Sedona's most magnificent overlooks, iincluding Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona and the Chapel of the Holy Cross perched high above Sedona. Duration: 60 minutes
  • Old Bear Wallow

    Adult Price: $50.00 An exclusive experience as our jeep tour operator is the only company permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to take you on this historic trail - climb this early stagecoach route along Schnebly Hill Road through Bear Wallow Canyon, just below the Mogollon Rim to enjoy stunning views of Sedona and Oark Creek Canyon 2000ft below. Step onto Mudns Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona’s early pioneer days. Duration: 60 minutes.

San Francisco

  • Golden Gate Bridge Walk & Sausalito

    Adult Price: $40.00 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 this icon of San Francisco. Duration: 3.5 hours. (Minimum: 10 guests).
  • Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Banquet

    Adult Price: $69.00 Explore Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting). Experience a family-style Chinese feast at awardwinning Hunan Home’s Restaurant. After dinner, ride one of San Francisco’s fabled Cable Cars. 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 guests)
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