Golden West Adventure with Extended Stay in Los Angeles (8505)

17 Day Tour from Los Angeles to Los Angeles

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Visit hot spots throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada on this Golden West Adventure Stay overnight in Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Mammoth Lakes (depending on weather), Modesto, Monterey, and Solvang—with four overnights in Los Angeles and three overnights in both Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Your trip begins in Los Angeles with a sightseeing tour, including a drive through Hollywood, and a stop in Palm Springs, a desert oasis with 90 golf courses and 5,000 swimming pools. Cross into Arizona and visit Scottsdale and Sedona before arriving at the Grand Canyon. At the Grand Canyon, marvel at the amazing scenery as you stroll the rim. Then leave Arizona and travel part of the legendary Route 66 to glamorous Las Vegas, where you’ll spend three nights experiencing the activities that make Las Vegas famous—swim, sunbathe, gamble, see a show, or take an optional excursion.

Cross the desert into California and head to Yosemite National Park, known for its waterfalls, sequoias, lakes, lush forest, giant domes, and mountains rising as much as 4,000 feet above the valley floor. From Yosemite, travel to San Francisco for three overnights and a sightseeing tour of the city plus a visit to Alcatraz, the infamous federal penitentiary. Next: head to Monterey and take the 17-Mile Drive with views of Lone Cypress, Cypress Point, and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. Stop in Carmel, the quaint and picturesque village popular with writers, artists, and celebrities.

Enjoy time in picturesque Solvang and coastal Santa Barbara before your vacation ends in Los Angeles with two overnights and leisure time to shop and eat at great restaurants.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Los Angeles, San Francisco, Monterey, and Alcatraz. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Scenic Highlights:
Palm Springs, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Route 66, Las Vegas, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Carmel, Solvang, and coastal Santa Barbara.

NOTE:
On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

3 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Los Angeles

Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Los Angeles

Begin with a sightseeing tour of the world’s “Capital of Glamour,” including a drive through Hollywood and the famous TCL Chinese Theatre. The remainder of your day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions so you can further explore the city. Stroll down Olvera Street, the heart of the original Spanish Mission, or visit the Getty Center with its wonderful art collection. This evening, plenty of suggestions for dining and shopping will be available.

Day 3 Los Angeles–Palm Springs–Scottsdale

Stop in the desert oasis of Palm Springs with its distinctive wind farms, 5,000 swimming pools, and 90 golf courses! Afterward, we make our way to Scottsdale, where the evening has been set aside for independent time.

Day 4 Scottsdale–Sedona–Grand Canyon National Park–Flagstaff

Your first stop is Sedona, a thriving center for New Age arts set in canyon country. Next, we pass through the weather-sculptured rock formations of stunning Oak Creek Canyon and up onto the Mogollon Rim, passing the San Francisco Peaks and arriving at one of the Natural Wonders of the World—the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation GRAND CANYON. There is time to stroll the canyon rim. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff.

Day 5 Flagstaff–Las Vegas

Leave the mountain town of Flagstaff on historic Route 66 and cross the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation old Mojave gold-strike country, which still bears traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. By late afternoon, reach Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows. This evening, enjoy our optional outing to relive the revelry and timeless music of the Rat Pack. Finish up with a stop at Glitter Gulch for the “Fremont Street Experience” light show.

Day 6 Las Vegas

The morning and afternoon are free for you to swim and sunbathe at the hotel pool or explore the varied casinos. Try an optional river float trip through the Black Canyon.

Day 7 Las Vegas

Another full day at leisure. Your Tour Director will have plenty of activities to choose from and will recommend favorite restaurants and shopping areas.

Day 8 Las Vegas–Mammoth Lakes

A day of striking contrasts as you journey across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California and ascending into the snowcapped Sierra Nevadas. Overnight in Mammoth, a popular alpine resort area surrounded by beauty and majesty—and within easy reach of Yosemite National Park.

NOTE:
Tioga Pass is typically closed from November to the end of May due to snow. Expect Tioga Pass to be closed, for the following departures: 24 March.; 5, 19 April; 5, 10, 12, 13, 19, 20 May; 25 October.; and 1, 15 November. These departures will be routed to overnight in Tulare instead of Mammoth Lakes. Departures from the end of May through end of October are expected to overnight in Mammoth Lakes, however, weather may affect the routing of tours to Tulare during these times as well.

Day 9 Mammoth Lakes–Yosemite National Park–Modesto

Cross high Tioga Pass and enter National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains soaring as high as 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterward, drive to Modesto.

Day 10 Modesto–San Francisco

This morning we continue west to the “Golden Gate City” of San Francisco, famous for its cable cars. Our included sightseeing tour takes in the spectacular National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Golden Gate Bridge.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 San Francisco

This morning, cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge and visit the pristine waterfront community of Sausalito. Free time to explore this quaint, Mediterranean-style village’s shops, galleries, and breathtaking views.

Day 12 San Francisco

This morning, visit fascinating National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation ALCATRAZ PRISON. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterward, the day is yours to explore the “City by the Bay.” Choose from a variety of optional excursions.

NOTE:
The National Park Service requires we disclose that the value of the Alcatraz Prison visit is US$31.

Day 13 San Francisco–Monterey

This morning, visit Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, and unique shopping. Then, visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel. During your free time this afternoon, consider a visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium, known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life.

Day 14 Monterey–17-Mile Drive–Carmel–Solvang

Today takes in spectacular 17-Mile Drive. Watch Pacific Ocean waves en route to Carmel on Carmel Bay. Nestled in a pine forest, the one-square-mile village of Carmel is incredibly dynamic, yet still quaint and picturesque. Afterward, we pick up the Old Spanish Mission Trail to Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. There’s time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the “Old World” architecture. Tasty bakery treats and perhaps a Danish smorgasbord for dinner all add to the unique experience.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 15 Solvang–Santa Barbara–Santa Monica–Los Angeles

From Solvang, it’s a short drive south to coastal Santa Barbara. Sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission and a visit to the pier. There’s time to wander along the bustling waterfront or do some shopping in some of the most talked about boutiques in downtown Santa Barbara. Next, we make our way to the Santa Monica Pier and the ultimate Southern California beach. Check into your Los Angeles hotel, the L.A. Hotel Downtown, for the next two nights.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 16 Los Angeles

The capital of glamour, which epitomizes the American Dream, is where the fantasy worlds of Hollywood come to life. A full day at leisure, with plenty of activities to choose from.

Day 17 Los Angeles

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to Los Angeles International Airport.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

KEN HARTFORD

Years of Experience: 9

The West has been my home since I was born, and its incredible diversity has kept me engaged since my earliest memories. It is a world of iconic places and undiscovered gems waiting to be explored. Experience the bustle of its cities and the serenity of its open spaces, hear the stories of its people, and embrace the wonder of its beauty. No matter who you are or where you come from, there is something about the West that will never leave you.

Tour Director - KEN HARTFORD

 Accommodations

LOS ANGELES L.A. Hotel Downtown (D)
SCOTTSDALE Saguaro Scottsdale (MF)
FLAGSTAFF Days Hotel Flagstaff (MF)
LAS VEGAS Harrah’s Las Vegas (F)
MAMMOTH LAKES Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa (T) / TULARE Best Western Town and Country Tulare (ST)
MODESTO Best Western Palm Court Inn (ST)
SAN FRANCISCO Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (MF) or OAKLAND The Oakland Marriott City Center (F) on departures September 13 and 27
MONTEREY Days Inn Monterey Downtown (ST)
SOLVANG Holiday Inn Express Solvang (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Los Angeles
Scottsdale
Flagstaff
Las Vegas
San Francisco
Monterey

Los Angeles

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24-hour Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour

Discover the whole of Los Angeles and get on or off the buses at over 50 stops! Enjoy the open-air view from our vintage Double Decker Buses from England as the narrated tour points out landmarks from Downtown L.A. to the beaches of Santa Monica, with Hollywood and Beverly Hills in between. Hop-On or Hop-Off as often as you like to explore major attractions, movie studios or dine and shop at Los Angeles's hotspots - when you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus. This ticket allows you to transfer between routes. (24 hour pass)

Approximate value: $45 USD per person

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Hollywood City Tour + Star's Home Tour (Vendor tour code 3)

The fun begins at the famous Chinese Theatre with its famous courtyard full of celebrity footprints. You will experience the vitality and glamour of the stars' homes in Beverly Hills and exclusive Holmby Hills. Visit shopping paradise Rodeo Drive, where you will find such exclusive shops as Chanel, Fred Hayman, Gucci, and Bijan just to name a few. Then you will go to the International Farmer's Market for an outstanding selection of food and gifts. If you are traveling on a Monograms driving vacation, please check your itinerary and note the driving distance between cities before booking this excursion.

Approximate value: $75 USD per person

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Universal Studios Hollywood - One day admission - client ID #1074

No visit to the West Coast would be complete without seeing the world's largest motion picture and television studio. There's a chance to see live shows currently aired on TV, a screen test, comedy theater, and a daring stunt show.

Approximate value: $95 USD per person

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Universal Studios Hollywood - One day admission weekday - client ID #1074

No visit to the West Coast would be complete without seeing the world's largest motion picture and television studio. There's a chance to see live shows currently aired on TV, a screen test, comedy theater, and a daring stunt show.

Approximate value: $105 USD per person

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Universal Studios Hollywood - One day admission weekend - client ID #1074

No visit to the West Coast would be complete without seeing the world's largest motion picture and television studio. There's a chance to see live shows currently aired on TV, a screen test, comedy theater, and a daring stunt show.

Approximate value: $110 USD per person

Scottsdale

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Western Dinner At Rustler's Rooste

Tonight you'll experience Rustler's Rooste, Arizona's Legendary Cowboy Steakhouse, where legend goes that the original site, atop a butte in the foothills of South Mountain, was a hideout for cattle rustlers. Highlights of this evening's outing include a cowboy steak dinner with all the fixin's and country-western music. Make sure to visit the general store before departing.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

Flagstaff

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour

Explore impressive Dragon Corridor, the deepest and widest part of the Canyon, and one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Grand Canyon. The Tower of Ra, a 6,076-foot butte named in the 1800s after the Egyptian sun god, comes into view, as do other fanciful rock formations resembling temples and shrines. Fly in a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with specially designed windows for optimum viewing. (25-30 minute) Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $200 USD per person

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Imperial on EcoStar

The Imperial Air Tour with EcoStar helicopter features awe-inspiring views of the beautiful Eastern gorge of the Grand Canyon aboard our environmentally friendly, EcoStar EC130 aircraft. With forward-facing stadium seating and a nearly 180 degree field of view, you'll enjoy unobstructed sights of the eastern portion of Grand Canyon, the Little Colorado confluence, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Dragon Corridor. These areas, the widest and deepest of the Grand Canyon, offer guests the most comprehensive views and experiences only available from the air! (45-50 minutes) This excursion is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $294 USD per person

Las Vegas

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Black Canyon Raft Trip With Transportation from Black Canyon River Adventures

This is a unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted raft which allows the visitor to leisurely enjoy and share in the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures will provide round trip transportation. You will be transported on our tour buses to the launch area at the base of the Hoover Dam. This is an extremely rare view of the Hoover Dam that very few people have the opportunity to see. At this time, you will board our large comfortable rafts which have been carefully constructed with your party's safety in mind. During this excursion, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will share with you the history of this magnificent geological area. The high canyon walls will leave you breathless. Be prepared to see Desert Big Horn Sheep, Osprey, and Great Blue Heron in their natural setting. Bring your camera because it is seldom you will have an opportunity such as this to view the wonders of nature. Our rafts will stop along the shore to give you a chance to swim or play in the cool clear waters below Hoover Dam. You might take this opportunity to enjoy the box lunch provided while watching and listening to the sights and sounds of this magnificent desert. Your trip will end on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. Here you will board our comfortable tour buses for the return trip over the crest of the Hoover Dam to your Las Vegas hotel. Fun for all ages, no paddling experience necessary. This is truly an experience to remember. (Approximately 8 hours round trip from hotel to hotel) Price includes NPS fee.

Approximate value: $160 USD per person

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Hoover Dam Classic

Travel to Hoover Dam in style and comfort aboard our custom Tour Trekker. Your talented guide will share many points of interest along the way. You'll truly appreciate the extra care and comfort you receive from Pink Jeep Tours. The Hoover Dam Discovery Tour offers ample time for exploring this National Historic Landmark and engineering wonder of the world. See live presentations, a fascinating film on the Dam's construction and history, exhibit gallery, observation deck, and venture down to the observation room in the power plant to view the massive generators. You'll also encounter dramatic views of both the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the largest manmade body of water in the Western Hemisphere. (4 hours)

Approximate value: $92 USD per person

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Hoover Dam Upgrade Top to Bottom

From the Lake Mead Overlook, you're transported to the Colorado River by van on the Lower Portal Road, where construction crews traveled each day. You'll see the original gauging station used to measure water level and flow, and dynamite storage bunkers used during construction. Then, a guided Colorado River float tour by raft offers you close-up views few people have ever seen of Hoover Dam, mighty power plants, and Black Canyon. You'll also learn historical facts and get an astounding view of the Hoover Dam Bypass project and construction of the nearly 2000-foot-long bridge spanning over 900 feet above the river. This is absolutely the best photo opportunity of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River!

Approximate value: $165 USD per person

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Lake Mead Cruise And Hoover Dam Discovery Tour

Explore Lake Mead on a paddle-wheeler boat, viewing amazing sights such as Hoover Dam and the Arizona Paint Pots. Your tour begins with a stop at Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering feats ever accomplished. There you will take a guided tour starting at the visitor's center that will include an informative movie, a trip to the generator room on the Nevada side and time to explore a number of exhibits at the center. After a 90-minute stay at the dam you will move on to Lake Mead. Here enjoy the largest man-made lake in the United States with more than 550 miles of shoreline. Board the Desert Princess, a three-level Mississippi-style paddle wheeler with two enclosed climate-controlled decks and a third observation deck. Cruise the beautiful waters of Lake Mead and view the unparalleled sights of Hoover Dam and the steep canyon walls that surround it. View Boulder Island, Sentinel Island and see the Arizona Paint Pots. You will also enjoy lunch on board the Desert Princess. (Approximately 7.5 hours)

Approximate value: $140 USD per person

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The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories. From the birth of the Mob, to today's headlines. Shadows and whispers. G-Men and Made Men. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. This eye-opening, authentic view of organized crime's impact on the world reveals an insider's look at the events and characters of the continuing battle between the Mob and the law. Real stories are brought to life with engaging, multi-sensory exhibits and unparalleled insights from those on the front lines of both sides of the battle. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at this fascinating topic through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines.

Approximate value: $22 USD per person

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Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour

Enjoy the "City of Lights" from the best view possible... THE SKY! Vegas Nights is an amazing helicopter tour flying over the megaresorts of the Las Vegas Strip from the New York-New York skyline to the Bellagio fountains and the never-fading light of the Luxor pyramid. Prior to your departure from our Las Vegas terminal, you will be served champagne to toast your night flight as you experience breathtaking sights from inside our ECO-Star helicopter, the "limousine of the sky". Approximate flight time is 12-15 minutes.

Approximate value: $124 USD per person

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Vegas! The Show with included buffet dinner

"VEGAS! THE SHOW" is all that you love about the old days of Vegas presented the only way that Vegas knows how, an incredible music driven spectacular. The show dives into the rich history that made the city of Las Vegas a hot destination for entertainers from around the world. Featuring music from some of Vegas' most memorable icons; The Rat Pack, Elvis and others grace the stage once again for a night of vintage Vegas entertainment. Dancers and showgirls take over the stage while a live band provides a trip down memory lane for all of those who remember where Vegas came from. Now see where Vegas is going. Come see why "VEGAS! THE SHOW" is being called the biggest production show on the Strip in the last twenty years. Witness the evolution of a town that changed the face of America forever. Dinner will be at the Spice Market Buffet at The Planet Hollywood. Prices include all taxes, gratuities and fees (retail value $120.00)

Approximate value: $100 USD per person

San Francisco

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Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour tour sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves. The tour also sails along San Francisco's historic waterfront where there's no better way to experience unobstructed views of sensational skylines in every direction. It's a great vantage point for snapping pictures or simply reflecting on the vast beauty of the San Francisco Bay. Sail past the PIER 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge and circle Alcatraz Island. Onboard narration describes the City and its landmarks as you sail along in comfort; both indoor and outdoor seating are provided. (Cruise is 1 hour)

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

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Evening In Chinatown

Explore this vibrant historic section of San Francisco that houses the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Included in this evening's agenda is a lavish four-course dinner in an authentic Chinese restaurant. This evening will include a short walking tour of Chinatown and a Cable Car ride.

Approximate value: $47 USD per person

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Muir Woods & Sausalito

Travel Across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastal mountains. Enjoy magnificent views of San Francisco Bay and valleys, where the Coastal Miwok once lived. The first stop is Muir Woods National Monument, where ancient groves of giant Redwood (Sequoia Sempreverins) Trees tower over Redwood Creek. A Full 1 hour stop. Muir Woods entrance fee included. Next, visit the beautiful coastal town of Sausalito, a gorgeous Mediterranean-style village, with quaint shop, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants. Approximate one hour stop in Sausalito. You may extend your stay in Sausalito and return by ferry to San Francisco, ferry cost not included. (Approximately 4 hours)

Approximate value: $62 USD per person

RocketBoat

Rocket Boat

Get blown away on this 30-minute high-speed tour of the City's historic waterfront. Sail past the sea lions, zoom to the Bay Bridge, fly down to AT&T Park, scream past Treasure Island, and breeze by Alcatraz on the way back to PIER 39. This exciting ride pauses occasionally to allow passengers to catch their breath and capture unique sightseeing and photo opportunities unavailable on other tours. RocketBoat, it's an extreme adventure powered by biodiesel fuel. A blast on the Bay that is not to be missed.

Approximate value: $26 USD per person

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San Francisco By Night with dinner at Swiss Louis

The evening begins with dinner at a popular Fisherman's Wharf restaurant and spectacular views of the bay. Before heading back to your hotel we will drive out to Treasure Island to view the city lights from across the bay.

Approximate value: $66 USD per person

Monterey

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Explore the wonders of our ocean planet in nearly 200 galleries and exhibits at one of the world's finest aquariums. Highlights include a million-gallon indoor ocean with giant bluefin tuna, sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, and barracuda; plus enjoy the largest jellyfish exhibit anywhere.

Approximate value: $40 USD per person

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