17days/16nights, San Francisco/San Francisco
2014 Depart Sat: May 10, 24. Jun 07. Jul 12, 26. Aug 16, 30. Sep 13.
Cost from: $2243 pp twin share (s/supp $933) May-Jun
Cost from: $2310 pp twin share (s/supp $920) Jul-Sep
14days/13nights, San Francisco/Los Angeles
Depart evening of Day 14 at Los Angeles Hotel
Cost from: $2020 pp twin share (s/supp $768) May-Jun
Cost from: $2126 pp twin share (s/supp $758) Jul-Sep
12days/11nights, San Francisco/Los Angeles
Join tour on Day 3 morning at San Francisco Hotel. Depart Day 14 evening at Los Angeles Hotel.
Cost from: $1797 pp twin share (s/supp $649) May-Jun
Cost from: $1903 pp twin share (s/supp $589) Jul-Sep
day 01 sat San Francisco Arrival
Arrive into San Francisco International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Your tour escort will contact you in the evening.
day 02 sun San Francisco
This morning take a city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic Center and Fisherman’s Wharf. Standing on a hilltop, watching the fog swirl in through the Golden Gate, it is easy to understand why many consider San Francisco the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps riding a cable car, shopping around Union Square, or strolling around Fisherman’s Wharf. Your tour escort will be on hand to assist in planning your afternoon.
day 03 mon San Francisco-Lake Tahoe-Virginia City-Reno
Joining passengers should meet in the lobby at 07:30 hours for an 08:00 hours departure. Depart for Sacramento, capital of the “Golden State.” A stop will be made in Old Town, once a bustling center of the Gold Rush and terminus of the Pony Express. Continue to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the afternoon you will visit Virginia City, a 19th century mining metropolis where the Old West comes to life. A short drive takes you to Reno and your hotel, where you may be tempted to try your luck in the casino.
day 04 tue Reno-Elko-Twin Falls
This morning’s journey will take you through the Black Rock Desert and across the plains of northern Nevada. Follow the Humboldt River along the route that was once used by early pioneers on the Oregon and California Trails. Visit Elko, the formerly rough and tumble town that once sat at the end of the tracks laid from the west by the Central Pacific Railroad. Cross the state line at Jackpot and enter the “Gem State” of Idaho.
day 05 wed Twin Falls-Craters of the Moon-Yellowstone National Park
Leaving Twin Falls, you will cross the Snake River, known as “The River of No Return.” Then visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. This eerie desert landscape so closely resembles lunar conditions that the training for the first men on the moon actually took place here. Later this afternoon you arrive at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant as the world’s first national park.
day 06 thu Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland. Highlights of your tour will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls (seasonal).
day 07 fri Yellowstone-Grand Tetons-Jackson-Salt Lake City
This morning’s journey is through the rugged, snow-capped mountains which welcome you to Grand Teton National Park. Continue to Jackson Hole, the sophisticated “Crown Jewel” of the Rocky Mountains. You then travel through southern Idaho to Salt Lake City in the Mormon State of Utah. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening.
day 08 sat Salt Lake City-Moab
Spend the morning exploring Salt Lake City. Then travel to Moab, where the landscape is distinguished by thousand-foot-deep canyons as well as snow-capped peaks.
day 09 sun Moab-Arches National Park-Canyonlands National Park-Moab
Journey today to two of America’s most spectacular National Parks. Your first stop, Arches National Park, is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the awe-inspiring Delicate Arch. Then it’s on to Canyonlands National Park, where you will explore the colour drenched landscape of sandstone eroded into hundreds of canyons, mesas and buttes by the forces of time and the Colorado River. This evening enjoy an optional Jet Boat Float trip on the mighty Colorado River.
day 10 mon Moab-Capitol Reef National Park-Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit Capitol Reef National Park today, a destination of extraordinary natural beauty. Established in 1937 to protect a striking geological feature, the “Waterpocket Fold,” a 100-mile long wrinkle in the Earth’s crust. Continue in the afternoon to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
day 11 tue Bryce Canyon-Lake Powell-Grand Canyon-Flagstaff
Continue to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red rock canyon walls. After crossing the Colorado, enter the Navajo Indian Reservation and drive through the Painted Desert via Cameron Trading Post. In the afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the seven great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the South Rim to fully experience this mile-deep canyon. Overnight in Williams or Flagstaff.
day 12 wed Flagstaff-Route 66-Las Vegas
Descend the high Coconino Plateau into the Mojave Desert. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time sixty years ago. Onward to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
day 13 thu Las Vegas
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy all that Las Vegas offers. In addition to shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-calibre shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip. You may also take an optional trip to Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places on the surface of the Earth.
day 14 fri Las Vegas-Los Angeles
Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert. Strands of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel. For passengers leaving the tour today, we will arrive at the hotel by 17:00 hours.
day 15 sat Los Angeles
Today either spend the day further exploring Los Angeles at your leisure, or take an optional full-day tour visiting the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios.
day 16 sun Los Angeles-Santa Barbara-Central Coast
Travel north along the beautiful Pacific coast this morning, passing through the iconic beach communities of Santa Monica and Malibu. Further up the coast is one of California’s favorite vacation spots, Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Stop for lunch here, and enjoy the Spanish architecture before continuing to one of the quaing Central Coast towns.
day 17 mon Central Coast-Carmel-Monterey-San Francisco
This morning we make our way north to Carmel. Enjoy browsing through the shops and galleries of this famous artists’ colony. Then, travelling further north, you visit Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. In the afternoon continue to San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.” The tour concludes upon arrival at the hotel in San Francisco.
Inclusions: twin share, tour director, deluxe coach, porterage, service charges, taxes. Sightseeing: San Francisco, Sacramento, Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake City, Arches National Park, Los Angeles, Monterey, Carmel. Hotels: San Francisco-Powell, Sparks-John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Twin Falls-Shilo Inn, West Yellowstone-Grey Wolf Inn, Salt Lake City-Red Lion Downtown, Moab-River Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon-Bryce View Lodge, Flagstaff-Days, Las Vegas-Circus Circus, Los Angeles-Four Points Sheraton, Pismo Beach-Oxford Suites (or similar).