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Best of the West

Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. Best of the West is a 15-day adventure through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada, perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in Yosemite before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the Western USA that you’ve always dreamed about.

North America

Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127002
Starts: Los Angeles, USA Finishes: Los Angeles, USA
You will visit
  • Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Los Angeles

There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Los Angeles/San Diego (1D)

Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive out of town.

Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.


Included Activities:
Coronado Island Visit
Mission Beach Visit

Transport:
Private Van (6.00 hour(s), 190km)

03

Day 3: San Diego/Scottsdale (1B, 1L)

In the evening, enjoy a night out in historic downtown Scottsdale. Pull on your jeans and cowboy boots and get ready to kick up your heels in this western town famous for its country music.


Additional Notes:
To better experience the city, for our night in Scottsdale, we give up camping in favour of hotel accommodation.


Included Activities:
Imperial Sand Dunes Visit

Transport:
Including stops
Private Van (8.00 hour(s), 660km)

04

Day 4: Scottsdale/Grand Canyon (1L, 1D)

Charge up your camera batteries in time for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon.


Included Activities:
Slide Rock State Park Visit
Grand Canyon Sunset

Transport:
Includes a stop at Slide Rock.
Private Van (8.00 hour(s), 400km)

05

Day 5: Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit

06

Day 6: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B)

Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.

Included Activities:
Vegas Strip Visit

Transport:
Private Van (9.00 hour(s), 480km)

07

Day 7: Las Vegas

Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

08

Day 8: Las Vegas/Bishop (1L, 1D)

Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.

End the day surrounded by peaks in the town of Bishop.

Additional Notes:
Summer itinerary: Travel to Bishop via Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way.

Winter itinerary: Continue on to Lake Isabella, where we stay the night.

Note that on Day 3, we intend to use the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. October through May, there's a chance the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In this case, we use an alternate route, and spend the night in Lake Isabella (instead of Bishop). The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plans for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

Included Activities:
Death Valley National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 490km)

09

Day 9: Bishop/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.

Included Activities:
Mono Lake Visit
Tioga Pass Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 230km)

10

Day 10: Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Full day to explore Yosemite NP. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this stunning landscape. Opt to rent a bike and cycle in Yosemite Valley.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit

11

Day 11: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L)

Arrive in one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Your CEO will point out some popular sites during the drive into town.

Additional Notes:
For our nights in San Francisco, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 225km)

12

Day 12: San Francisco

Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

13

Day 13: San Francisco/Morro Bay (1L, 1D)

Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience.

Included Activities:
Monterey Visit
Elephant Seal Rookery

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.50 hour(s), 390km)

14

Day 14: Morro Bay/Los Angeles (1B)

Pass by Santa Barbara as we make our way to Los Angeles. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive into the City of Angels.

Additional Notes:
Tonight, we give up camping in favour of a hotel night.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 350km)

15

Day 15: Los Angeles

There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientation to Las Vegas
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Mono Lake visit and walk amongst tufas
    • Drive along California's scenic Highway 1 including Monterey and Big Sur
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
    • Transportation between destinations and included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (7 nts), participation camping (7 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Stargaze in Los Angeles
  • Marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset
  • Get your kicks on Route 66
  • Take a chance in Las Vegas
  • Camp under the stars
  • Hike in Yosemite.