Duration: 15 days
Trip Countries: United States
Trip Style: Yolo
Service Level: Camping
Physical Demands Rating: 2
HighlightsStargaze in Los Angeles, marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset, get your kicks on Route 66, take a chance in Las Vegas, camp under the stars, hike in Yosemite, embrace the laidback spirit of California's coast.
DescriptionSkyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in the Yosemite Valley before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.
Day 1 Los Angeles: Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego (1D): Marvel at Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive on an orientation tour of LA. Visit Coronado Island and Old Town in San Diego. Relax on Mission Beach and visit the Gaslamp District in the evening.
Day 3 Scottsdale (1B,1L): Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. Travel to Scottsdale for a real southwest cowboy town experience.
Day 4-5 Grand Canyon (1B,2L,2D): Visit Montezuma Castle, enjoy a picnic and cool off at Slide Rock SP. Enjoy a pizza dinner at the Grand Canyon rim at sunset. Hike and explore this natural wonder and take an optional helicopter flight for a birds-eye view.
Day 6-7 Las Vegas (1B,1L): Journey along famous Route 66 and stop at the Snow Cap-Drive In, a wacky, off-beat burger joint. Explore Las Vegas with an orientation tour along the famous Vegas Strip. Optional VIP limo ride.
Day 8 Death Valley National Park/Bishop (1L,1D): Visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America: Death Valley. Stargaze at a secluded natural hot springs.
Day 9-10 Yosemite National Park (2B,2L,2D): Walk among the tufa towers at Mono Lake and marvel at spectacular views of the park's peaks and granite domes. Hike to majestic waterfalls, lakes, meadows and amongst giant sequoias. Opt to rent a bicycle in Yosemite Valley.
Day 11-12 San Francisco (1B,1L): Check out Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on an orientation tour. Opt to ride the cable car over steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail to the setting sun.
Day 13 Pismo Beach (1L,1D): Visit historic Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur and the famous Pacific Coast.
Day 14 Los Angeles (1B): Travel along the coast. Visit Santa Monica and Venice Beach on an orientation tour before a final night out on the town.
Day 15 Los Angeles: Depart at any time.
Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation tours of Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Mono Lake visit and and walk among tufas. Drive along California's scenic Highway No. 1 including Monterey and Big Sur.
7 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners.
Air-conditioned private touring van
Hotels (7 nts), participation camping (7 nts).
Group Size Notes
Max 13, avg 10.
My Own Room
If you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room/tent for all night stops.
Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.
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