Los Angeles-San Diego-Palm Springs-Phoenix-Sedona-Grand Canyon National Park Monument Valley-Lake Powell-Bryce Canyon National Park-Zion National Park-Las Vegas-Death Valley National Park-Yosemite National Park-San Francisco-Monterey-Carmel-Central Coast-Santa Barbara-Los Angeles-Honolulu or Maui-Hawaiian Islands
20days/19nights, Los Angeles/Los Angeles
2019 depart: Jan 10, 31. Feb 28. Mar 14. Apr 11, 25. May 02, 16, 23. Jun 06, 13, 20. Jul 04, 11, 18. Aug 01. 08, 22.29. Sep 12, 19, 26. Oct 10, 24. Nov 14. Dec 05, 19.
2020 depart: Jan 09, 30. Feb 27. Mar 12.
ON REQUEST: Pre-purchased airfares can be arranged. single supplement and child rates 07-12 years
NOTE: option to go to Honolulu or to Maui on day 15 of the tour.
day 01 Los Angeles Arrival
Arrive Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to the hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.
day 02 Los Angeles-the Orange County-San Diego-Los Angeles
Travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second-largest city in California, renowned for its year-round mild weather. Following a city tour, visit picturesque Seaport Village and San Diego’s relaxing bayfront marketplace. Perhaps enjoy the opportunity for shopping. Return to Los Angeles for the evening.
day 03 Los Angeles-Palm Springs-Phoenix
Journey through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. A sea of wind turbines marks the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Int’l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley.
day 04 Phoenix-Sedona-Grand Canyon National Park
Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona, a city situated in a unique geological area and encircled by distinctive redrock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Majestic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colorful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.
day 05 Grand Canyon-Monument Valley-Page/Lake Powell
As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron. Continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most iconic images of the American West. In the afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River. Evening at leisure.
day 06 Page/Lake Powell-Kanab-Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the 2nd highest concrete-arch dam in America. You’ll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Enter the Mormon state of Utah, pass through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eyes. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and take in the aroma of pinewood campfires.
day 07 Bryce Canyon-Zion National Park-Las Vegas
Travel to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind, time, and the Virgin River. This afternoon experience the contrast of Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World,” where round-the-clock shopping, nightly shows, and, of course, gambling are available.
day 08 Las Vegas
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights.
day 09 Las Vegas-Death Valley National Park-Mammoth Lakes
Your tour stops at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas. Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be a sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before continuing across the valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort town of Mammoth Lakes**. The area gained prominence as a gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.
day 10 Mammoth Lakes-Yosemite National Park
Arise with the morning sun and join us for an optional seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth and enjoy a tasty breakfast as you survey a most stunning view of California from its desert floor to its lofty peaks. Today’s journey brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. You will experience the valley floor and its splendors including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in nearby Modesto.
day 11 Yosemite-San Francisco
Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).
day 12 San Francisco
The whole day is at leisure in San Francisco. Your tour escort is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day - perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, or a stroll and some shopping around Union Square. You also have the option to take a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its many wineries and beautiful scenery.
day 13 San Francisco-Monterey/Carmel-Central Coast
Depart San Francisco this morning and drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Tour charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores. Your tour continues through Paso Robles, home of fine wineries. Overnight in a quaint Central California Coast town.
day 14 Central Coast-Santa Barbara-Malibu-Beverly Hills-Los Angeles
Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you’ll stop in Santa Monica, home to the ‘Finish Line’ of Historic Route 66, where you may enjoy an optional lunch on the pier or a beach bike ride. Your afternoon tour of ‘The City of Angels’ continues with Beverly Hills and Hollywood before arriving at your hotel.
day 15 Los Angeles-Honolulu or Maui
Transfer independently to the airport in time for your flight to either Honolulu or Maui. On arrival you will be met and receive the traditional flower lei greeting before transferring to your hotel for five nights of relaxation in beautiful Hawaii.
day 16-19 Hawaiian Islands
Enjoy four relaxing, balmy days in the land of aloha. Whether you go off the beaten path to explore, or simply lay by the ocean or pool to soak up the sun, this is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your journey. Your locally based representative will be on hand to assist you in planning your time.
day 20 Hawaii-Departure
Leave the spirit of the islands behind and return to the mainland today. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
Inclusions: twin share, welcome reception, deluxe coach, tour director, visits as per program, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: San Diego, Palm Springs, Navajo Indian Reserve and Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
Hotels: Los Angeles-Holiday inn Anaheim, Phoenix–We Ko Pa Resort, Grand Canyon-Yavapai West, Page/Lake Powell-BW Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon-Ruby’s Inn, Las Vegas-Luxor (pyramid room), Mammoth Lakes-Mammoth Mountain Inn/ in winter Fresno-Piccadilly Inn Shaw, Yosemite Gateway-BW Plus Heritage Inn, San Francisco-Hilton SF Union Square, Central Coast- Holiday Inn Express, Los Angeles-Hilton LA Airport, Honolulu-Ohana Waikiki East or Maui-Kaanapali Beach Hotel (or similar).
Notes: All bookings are made only on English spoken tour departures, however some tours may be modified to multilingual (2 languages) at short notice. Tours are subject to change without notice pending climatic and local traffic conditions.
Optional excursions: Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas by Night tour, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown, Los Angeles beach lunch and/or bike ride at Santa Monica Pier, “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route and Gondola Ride to the summit of Mammoth for Breakfast.
Optional excursions need to be arranged with the tour director at the start of the tour.