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Best of the West Summer 2020 - Escorted Tour

Best of the West Summer 2020 - Escorted Tour
Duration: 12 Days
Countries: USA
Type: - Americas CostSaver 2020
Descriptions: Sunrise hot air ballooning over the Arizona landscape, fast paced fun in Sin City and leisurely strolls through the pine scented forests of Yosemite National Park are all on offer in the Golden West. Kicking off in the City of Angels and ending in the City by the Bay, experience the Cali lifestyle, the thrill of the Grand Canyon and the American Dream on Route 66, not to mention Napa wines, Chinatown feasts and iconic deserts. Tempted? This is the Best of the West, tailored by you.
from €1,600 pp Tour Only

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Los Angeles (2 Nights)
Welcome to the land where it"s always 70 degrees and sunny, California. Arriving today, you"ll meet up with your Travel Director in the afternoon before getting to know Anaheim, your home for the next two nights. You"ll find plenty of dining and entertainment options with Disneyland nearby.

Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort

Day 2

Los Angeles Sightseeing
Ready to get stars in your eyes? This morning"s sightseeing tour will show you the all-out glitz and glamour of LA, visiting the wealthy mansions of Beverly Hills, the palm lined streets of Santa Monica, the iconic Sunset Boulevard, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is just a stone"s throw from the beacon of Hollywood, the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. With your afternoon then free maybe visit trendy West Hollywood for a spot of subtle celebrity spotting, sip margaritas on the sunset strip together with the city"s elite or try out our tasty Optional Experience that will give you the chance to taste fresh seafood, meat and poultry from the grasslands of both North and South America. It"s every bit as delicious as it sounds, we assure you!

Day 3

Los Angeles – San Diego
Travelling south along the coast, it won"t take long for the laid-back charm and sunny disposition of San Diego to work its Cali magic on you. You"ll kick things off with a sightseeing tour visiting the cultural downtown Gaslamp Quarter, the gorgeous green space of the 1,200 acre Balboa Park, and the historic Old Town, which was California"s first ever settlement (and the best place for those seeking even more delicious Mexican treats). This afternoon we then have an optional visit to the famous San Diego Zoo, home to three beautiful Giant Pandas.

Accommodation at Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo SeaWorld Area

Day 4

San Diego – Phoenix
Today you"ll steadily climb 1,219 metres (4,000 ft) as you make your way through the arid lands of the Cleveland National Forest, tip toeing the US - Mexico border before crossing the Arizona state line into the "Valley of the Sun", a region that boasts a massive 300 days of sunshine per year. Catching your first glimpse of the mighty Colorado River, your final destination for today is exciting Phoenix.

Accommodation at Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown

Day 5

Phoenix– Grand Canyon – Flagstaff
You could start today with our breathtaking optional hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast over the Arizona landscape before visiting magical Sedona. Venturing into the prehistoric Sonoran Desert, you"ll then have your sights firmly set on one of the world"s seven natural wonders, the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed Grand Canyon. Meeting with a Local Specialist you"ll discover more about the geological formation of the Canyon, and then it"s up to you how you wish to explore it further. If you want to make it extra special, we doubt you"ll be able to resist our exhilarating list of choices for this afternoon, including helicopter and aircraft flights over the North and South rims, for absolute money can"t buy views of this feat of nature. Still flying high from an incredible day, you"ll finish up this evening in the Arizonan escape town of Flagstaff, a laid back outpost on historic Route 66.

Accommodation at Fairfield Inn & Suites Flagstaff East

Day 6

Flagstaff – Historic Route 66 – Las Vegas (2 Nights)
Ready to get your kicks on Route 66? Today"s the day to do it. A symbol of the American dream, Route 66 has been eternally immortalized by literature and movies and still to this day represents the ultimate American road trip. You"ll be stopping by Seligman and Kingman en route to Vegas, two iconic outposts that are a real taste of all things Americana, complete with classic motels, kitsch petrol pumps and steaming slices of Apple pie. Finally, as if by magic, you"ll slowly spot the neon lights of Las Vegas looming in the distance; an entertainment oasis surrounded by dry desert with a reputation almost as big as the fortune"s many have made (and lost) there.

Accommodation at Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino

Day 7

Las Vegas Free Time
With a full day in Sin City, it"s entirely up to you how to explore the entertainment capital of the world. The casinos, the all you can eat buffets, the glittering roof top pools, the biggest names in show business - they"re all here for the taking. Or if you"re up for it, to help tailor your Vegas experience, we"ve also got a whole suite of enticing Optional Experiences lined up to help you experience a different side of Vegas. You could wake up early for a western style breakfast and cowboy trail ride through the mountains, or heading over to Hoover Dam to stand 900 metres above the Colorado River to admire the US"s biggest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Or perhaps a visit to the Mob Museum, or a singalong at "Vegas! The Show" are more your style? Whatever you choose, today is guaranteed to be one to remember.

Day 8

Las Vegas – Visalia
Leaving Vegas a little lighter in the pocket but rich in memories, you"ll head for the Mojave Desert this morning. As the driest desert in the US you"d expect nothing more than barren landscape as you drive through, so prepare to be surprised as you pass rare and beautiful flora, wildlife and the iconic Joshua Tree. Admiring the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range and continuing through into the San Joaquin Valley, you"ll finish up today in the agricultural hub of Visalia. With a Downtown area that boasts old world charm and a wide selection of tasty restaurants, tonight"s dinner will no doubt be filled with chat about what to expect from glorious Yosemite tomorrow.

Accommodation at Wyndham Visalia

Day 9

Visalia – Yosemite National Park – Modesto
Awe inspiring nature at its finest, Yosemite will challenge all other national parks you"ve previously visited to stake its claim as the most beautiful. The third oldest national park in the US and a UNESCO World Heritage site, this patch of heaven is all emerald green valleys, cascading waterfalls and pine scented forests, all framed by the iconic Half Dome and the imposing presence of El Capitan. Take your time soaking it all in and exploring the various trails and picnic areas before heading on to Modesto, one of the greatest agricultural areas of the nation and the home of the Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery.

Accommodation at DoubleTree Modesto

Day 10

Modesto – San Francisco (2 Nights)
Feeling the ocean breeze moving ever closer you"ll head back to the Californian coast today, crossing the Bay Bridge into one of the West Coast"s best loved cities, San Francisco. A historical hub for progressive thinkers and creatives, San Fran"s infamously hilly landscape will instantly win you over as you spy the old-fashioned cable cars slowly rising and falling on the horizon. Explore the "City by the Bay" on a sightseeing tour that visits Fisherman"s Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts, the lush Presidio area and Italian influenced North Beach, and then this evening you could opt to try our Chinatown walking tour, exploring the markets, dim sum joints and herb shops of America"s oldest Chinatown before dining family style at a decadent Chinese feast.

Accommodation at Hotel Union Square

Day 11

San Francisco Free Time
We hope you"re hungry as you"re off to a San Fran institution, Boudin Bakery, who have been producing their very special "Mother Dough" to create sourdough loaves since 1849 for an Iconic Breakfast. Appetites satisfied, the rest of today is then free for you to explore your way. If it"s icons you"re after why not join us for a walk along the Golden Gate Bridge followed by a cruise around the bay, taking in Alcatraz Island en route, or perhaps you"d prefer to head out to Muir Woods to appreciate the towering, ancient red wood trees that grow here, followed by a visit to the pretty seaside community of Sausalito. Wine connoisseurs, you"re also taken care of with an optional full day outing to the Napa and Sonoma wineries. Whatever you choose, make your last day an extra special one, whichever way you choose to explore.

Day 12

Depart San Francisco
With fond memories of sunny San Diego, fun loving Vegas and peaceful Yosemite still fresh in your mind, today your adventure through the Golden West will come to an end. You"ve tasted, trekked and maybe even taken a helicopter ride over these lands, and we hope you"ve made a bunch of incredible memories in the process. Not ready to go home just yet? Why not extend your stay in San Francisco a little longer, and pay those cheeky Sea Lions down at Fisherman"s Wharf an overdue visit.

To book or for more information, please call us on 01 2311889

What's included

Dining Highlights

  • 4 Breakfasts


First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


Not included

  • Flights from Ireland
  • Any internal air unless otherwise stated
  • Meals (not specified)
  • Transfers (not specified)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal items
  • Meals (not specified)


Sightseeing Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Grand Canyon Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Natural Wonder of the World with a Local Specialist
  • Las Vegas Explore this entertainment-filled city with its grand hotels and shops
  • Los Angeles See the very best Hollywood has to offer
  • San Diego Explore the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Old Town
  • San Francisco Iconic Breakfast at renowned Boudin Bakery, a San Francisco institution since 1849
  • San Francisco Get familiar with Fisherman"s Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown
  • Yosemite National Park Take in breathtaking views of the valley floor

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