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.
Services of a professional Tour Director; local host in Los Angeles, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.
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.
Day 1Los Angeles
Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2Los 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 3Los 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 4Scottsdale–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 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 5Flagstaff–Las Vegas
Leave the mountain town of Flagstaff on historic Route 66 and cross the 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 6Las 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 7Las 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 8Las 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 9Mammoth Lakes–Yosemite National Park–Modesto
Cross high Tioga Pass and enter 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 10Modesto–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 Golden Gate Bridge. (CB)
Day 11San 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 12San Francisco
This morning, visit fascinating 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 13San 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 14Monterey–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. (CB)
Day 15Solvang–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.(CB)
Day 16Los 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 17Los Angeles
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to Los Angeles International Airport.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
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