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Summer Itinerary (2019) Until Sep 19

From Joshua trees and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, the San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At any of the sights you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances fees are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUPS.D/226880
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: San Francisco, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Bishop
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Los Angeles



Day 1: San Francisco

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.


Day 2: San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

On the way out of San Francisco, take in some final sights. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, where on a clear day you can see the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.

Drive past some iconic attractions of the city as we head the towards the Sierra Nevadas. Stop to try some of the region's best produce en route to Yosemite National Park.


Day 3: Yosemite National Park/Sierra Nevadas

Hike past Yosemite's waterfalls and amongst the giant sequoias while keeping a keen eye out for wildlife. In the summer, travel via the Tioga Pass.
Head into the Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty.

Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the tufa towers on the way.


Day 4: Death Valley/Las Vegas

Head to desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot in North America, then enjoy exploring the Vegas strip. Opt for a VIP limousine tour or find some luck at the slots and poker tables.
Travel to one of the country's most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape.

In the afternoon, drive to Las Vegas, Nevada, the 'city of lights'. Explore the famous Vegas Strip and opt for a VIP limo experience.


Day 5: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park

Travel to the Grand Canyon via Route 66. Take a short hike (weather permitting) along the rim of the Grand Canyon before sunset at the rim.
Travel Route 66 from Vegas, stopping at a wacky burger joint along the way. Continue the drive to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles, the Grand Canyon.

Take a short hike (weather permitting) at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset.


Day 6: Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City

Pre-book a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. Take a final morning at this world wonder before heading to Lake Havasu City, next to the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River.
Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon before continuing the drive towards Lake Havasu City.

Opt to go for a dip in the Colorado River or check out the famous London Bridge.


Day 7: Lake Havasu City/Los Angeles

Visit Joshua Tree National Park en route to the City of Angels. Enjoy an orientation of Los Angeles. Drive along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills before spending a night on the town.
Depart Lake Havasu City and head towards Los Angeles. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park.

In the afternoon, see the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on a drive through the city. Pass Beverly Hills and view one of the world's most exclusive 3-block districts, Rodeo Drive.


Day 8: Los Angeles

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.

    • All national park and national monument fees
    • Orientations to San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles
    • Yosemite stay
    • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
    • Death Valley visit
    • Grand Canyon visit with sunset at the rim
    • Route 66 drive
    • Joshua Tree NP visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (7 nts, twin-share with en suite facilities)
    • 1 dinner
    • Air-conditioned private touring van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bask in the big city lights of Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Live it up in Vegas
  • Hike through Yosemite
  • Check out Death Valley
  • Drive along Route 66
  • Snap pics of Joshua Tree National Park's iconic vegetation