Nevada, Arizona & California Tour - Cosmos® Travel

Western Wonders (8510)

12 Day Tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco

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From the gorgeous national parks to the thrilling cities, this western U.S. tour through California, Arizona, and Nevada features unique rock formations, scenic drives, deep canyons, and sparking waterfalls and lakes—not to mention fun in some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour starts in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and overnights along the way in Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Tulare, and Modesto.

You’ll visit two of the West’s most famous and beautiful national parks, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Yosemite National Park in California. Stroll the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and stand in awe as you witness the breathtaking scenery. In Yosemite National Park, have your camera ready for the giant granite domes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and more. But that’s not all…you’ll also witness spectacular scenery on your drives. Between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon, you’ll see Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, known as one of America’s most beautiful drives and home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone, and you’ll stop in Sedona, with the massive red-rock formations that make the area famous. Between Williams and Las Vegas, watch for Joshua trees, which can grow to be more than 40 feet tall. Between Las Vegas and Tulare, you’ll witness the vast Mojave Desert.

Enjoy sightseeing in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco—including a visit to famous Alcatraz Prison, the federal penitentiary that once housed Al Capone and other notorious criminals. Free time in each city—including Las Vegas—gives you time to explore on your own or to take optional excursions.

Breathtaking scenery, exciting cities, scenic drives, and more…this western U.S. tour is a perfect vacation for savvy, value-minded travelers.
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 Tour Highlights

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

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Route 66, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, and Yosemite National Park.

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

1 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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 the day 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, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Stroll down Olvera Street or the heart of the original Spanish Mission.

Day 3 Los Angeles–Palm Springs–Scottsdale

Stop in the desert oasis of Palm Springs, an area sprinkled with Hollywood stardust. This afternoon, head to the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale. Later tonight, join the optional excursion to one of Arizona’s cowboy steakhouses, which, according to legend, was once a hideout for cattle rustlers.

Day 4 Scottsdale

This morning begins with a Phoenix sightseeing tour that includes downtown and Old Town Scottsdale. Afterward, free time to explore the Old West, with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats, you’re sure to feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and swing-door saloons.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 5 Scottsdale–Sedona–Grand Canyon National Park–Williams

Travel to Sedona, a thriving center for New Age arts set in Canyon Country. On to the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon. Travel alongside the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. Time to stroll the canyon rim—or, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 6 Williams–Las Vegas

Cross the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. Watch for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to more than 40 feet in height and can live up to 300 years. By late afternoon, reach Las Vegas, the fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, bars, and glamorous shows. Be sure to explore some of the many themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.” This evening, we highly recommend a night out to a dazzling stage show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Day 7 Las Vegas

The day is free to swim and sunbathe at the hotel pool or to explore the varied casinos and shopping plazas. Your Tour Director will have more suggestions. Consider a river float trip through the Black Canyon.

Day 8 Las Vegas–Tulare

Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. You’ll see the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.

Day 9 Tulare–Yosemite National Park–Modesto

This morning, we enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Afterward, drive to Modesto.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Modesto–San Francisco

This morning, head for San Francisco, crossing the splendid bay with vistas of the San Francisco skyline and its magnificent harbor. On your city tour, see the main sights, including the renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Nob Hill.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 San Francisco

This morning, visit the famous and 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 do some more exploring in the “City by the Bay.” Ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars or take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

NOTE:
The National Park Service requires we disclose that the value of the Alcatraz Prison visit is $33US.

Day 12 San Francisco

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to San Francisco International Airport are included. Extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “City by the Bay” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 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.

JOHN PLOSZAJ

Years of Experience: 18

My favorite things to do include travel and meeting wonderfully interesting people from around the world. Luckily, I get to do both as a Tour Director! What I love most about my job is the chance to be an ambassador for the United States. To see the smiles on my travelers' faces at the end of a tour and to know they had a great time and learned a little something about our country is priceless.

Tour Director - JOHN PLOSZAJ

 Accommodations

LOS ANGELES The L.A. Hotel Downtown (SF)
SCOTTSDALE Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale Old Town (ST)
WILLIAMS Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F)
LAS VEGAS Harrah's Las Vegas Casino and Hotel (F)
TULARE Best Western Town and Country Lodge (ST)
MODESTO Best Western Palm Court Inn (ST)
SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Carlton (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Los Angeles
Scottsdale
Williams
Las Vegas
San Francisco

LosAngeles

Movie Stars' Homes Tour

Movie Stars' Homes Tour

This celebrity home tours whisk you through the most exclusive and luxurious neighborhoods in the city, showcasing the opulent estates of the world's most successful and famous stars.

Price Range: $$

Scottsdale

Western Dinner at Rustler's Rooste

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. Today they're serving up great cowboy cookin' and a emorable western experience.

Price Range: $$

Williams

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Price Range: $$$$

LasVegas

"Vegas! The Show"

"VEGAS! THE SHOW" is all that you love about the old days of Vegas.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Choose from a variety of helicopter flightseeing tours to discover the sites of Las Vegas and beyond!

Price Range: $$$$

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Choose from several tours to the Hoover Dam, ranked as one of the top ten architectural wonders of the world and very worthy of a visit!

Price Range: $$$$

Black Canyon Raft Trip

Black Canyon Raft Trip

This unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted inflatable raft takes you through spectacular Black Canyon - the natural gorge of the Colorado River immediately below Hoover Dam.

Price Range: $$$$

SanFrancisco

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument.

Price Range: $$

Bay Cruise

Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour cruise sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves.

Price Range: $

Rocket Boat

Rocket Boat

Get blown away on this 30-minute high-speed tour of the City's historic waterfront.

Price Range: $

San Francisco Farewell Dinner

San Francisco Farewell Dinner

Enjoy dinner at a popular San Francisco Restaurant.

Price Range: $$

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