Splendours of the West
Los Angeles-Palm Springs-Phoenix-Sedona-Grand Canyon National Park-Monument Valley-Lake Powell-Kanab-Bryce Canyon-Zion National Park-Las Vegas-Death Valley National Park-Mammoth Lakes-Yosemite National Park-San Francisco
11days/10nights, Los Angeles/San Francisco
2019 depart Fri: Jan 11, Feb 01. Mar 01, 15. Apr 12, 26. May 03, 17, 24. Jun 07, 14, 21. Jul 05, 12,19. Aug 02, 09, 23, 30. Sep 13, 20, 27. Oct 11, 25. Nov 15. Dec 06, 20.
2020 depart: Jan 10, 31. Feb 28. Mar 13.
Child rates 07-12 years & single supplement are on request.
day 01 Los Angeles-Arrival
Arrive Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to the Holiday Inn Anaheim resort where you will meet your Tour Director.
day 02 Los Angeles-Palm Springs-Phoenix
Joining passengers meet in the lobby of the hotel at 07:30am for an 08:00am departure.
Today your journey begins and takes you 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 03 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 red-rock 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 colourful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.
day 04 Grand Canyon-Monument Valley-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 late afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River, and we welcome you to enjoy an evening at leisure.
day 05 Lake Powell-Kanab-Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here 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-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. 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 campfire.
day 06 Bryce Canyon-Zion National Park-Las Vegas
Travel today 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 07 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-calibre shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights or "shop 'til you drop" at designer outlets.
day 08 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 the gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.
day 09 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. Next, your journey today brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here, 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 10 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 the Hilton San Francisco where you will spend the night.
day 11 San Francisco-Departure
Your tour comes to an end in San Francisco this morning.
Inclusions: twin share, tour director, deluxe coach, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: Palm Springs, Navajo Indian Reserve and Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco.
Hotels: Los Angeles-Holiday Inn Anaheim, Phoenix-Ke Ko Pa Resort, Grand Canyon-Yavapai West, Page-BW Inn at Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon-Ruby’s Inn, Las Vegas-Luxor (pyramid rooms), Mammoth Lakes-Mammoth Mountain Inn/in winter Fresno-Piccadilly Inn Shaw, Yosemite Gateway-BW Plus Heritage Inn, San Francisco-Hilton San Francisco Union Square (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.
Please note: 15 Nov tour is Multilingual only Grm/Eng
Optional excursions: Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas by Night tour, Gondola ride to summit of Mammoth for breakfast, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown, Los Angeles beach lunch and/or bike ride, Santa Monica Pier, “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route. Please book the optional excursions with your tour director at the start of the tour.
Notes: bilingual departures from 15 November 2019 to 13 March 2020