15D/14N - 2019 Western Discovery

    WESTERN DISCOVERY

    Los Angeles-Orange County-San Diego-Palm Springs-Phoenix-Sedona-Grand Canyon National Park Monument Valley-Page-Lake Powell-Kanab-Bryce Canyon National Park-Zion National Park-Las Vegas-Death Valley-Mammoth Lakes-Yosemite National Park-San Francisco-Monterey-Carmel-Central Coast-Santa Barbara-Los Angeles 

    2019 depart Thursday: 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 Thursday: Jan 09, 30. Feb 27. Mar 12.

    15days/14nights, Los Angeles/Los Angeles

    13days/12nights, Los Angeles/Los Angeles 
    Start the tour on the morning of day 3 at the Los Angeles hotel. 

    11days/10nights, Los Angeles/San Francisco 
    Start the tour on the morning of day 3 at the Los Angeles hotel. 

    On request: Single supplement, child rates 07-12 years. 

day 01 Los Angeles Arrival

Arrive Los Angeles International Airport and independent transfer to your hotel where you will meet your tour escort.
day 02 Los Angeles-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 Bay front marketplace, perhaps enjoy some shopping. Return to Los Angeles for the night.

day 03 Los Angeles-Palm Springs-Phoenix

Today your journey 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 mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Int’l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley. Passengers joining on day 03 should meet in the lobby of the Los Angeles hotel at 07 30 hours for 08.00 hours departure.

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 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 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 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 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-colored 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 07 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 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, or “shop ‘til you drop” at designer outlets.

day 09 Las Vegas-Death Valley National Park-Mammoth Lakes

Today starts with a stop 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 renown 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. 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 11 Yosemite-San Francisco

Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. “Q Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair Q ". Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).

day 12 San Francisco

Day at leisure! Your Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day: perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. You also may choose to embark on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery (optional).

day 13 San Francisco-Monterey/Carmel-Central Coast

Depart San Francisco this morning for the drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Then tour charming Carmelby- the-Sea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores. In the afternoon your tour continues through Paso Robles, home of fine wineries. Overnight in a quaint Central California Coast town.

day 14 Central Coast-Santa Barbara-Santa Monica-Beverly Hills-Los Angeles

Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara, where palmlined 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 Departure

Your tour ends upon check out from your hotel.

Inclusions: twin share, tour director, deluxe coach, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: full day visit of San Diego, visit the glamorous desert retreat of Palm Springs, tour of Navajo Indian Reservation and visit Monument Valley, walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park, escorted walk to Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, tour of San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf, tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the famous stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame).

Hotels: Los Angeles-Holiday inn Anaheim, Phoenix-We Ko Pa Resort, Grand Canyon-Yavapai West, Page-BW Inn Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon-Ruby’s Inn, Las Vegas-Luxor (pyramid rooms), Mammoth Lakes-Mammoth Mountain Inn or Fresno-Piccadilly Inn Shaw, Yosemite N.P.-BW Plus Heritage Inn, San Francisco-Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Central Coast-Holiday Inn Express, Los Angeles-Hilton Los Angeles Airport (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.Winter Routing The Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia and a visit to Mammoth Lakes will not be possible (winter routing applies to all departures between October and May under normal snow conditions).

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.

Optional excursions need to be arranged with the tour director at the start of the tour.

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